Archive for March, 2009

The big question

March 30, 2009

The big question is still, where should they go? It is a question that many newspapers ask, for example the New York Times. Everyone has realized that even if Guatanamo is closed, they don’t mean that the detainees will be released. Instead they discuss in which prison they will be placed. Several state governors have already said that they don’t want the detainees in their own state. According to them they, the detainees will create a risk for terrorism attacks against the state. Some even propose that the old island-prison Alcatraz, as now is a tourist park, should receive them. The confusing is in short big. I think it is quite amusing that the criminals of war like George W Bush, Dick Chaney and Paul Wolfowitz did everything too avoid those people to get a normal legal trial. They created secret CIA-prison where people could be tortured. They were put in Guatanamo so they shouldn’t be comprised of the American legislation. Laws were created to make torture okay. And now ask the White House and the American medias if there are countries whose can take care of this people. I still wonder, why cannot USA take care of them? “We can of course not have dangerous terrorist in our towns” indicate medias. If they are released it signify that authority hasn’t enough proof too prove theft of an ice cream, more less terrorism. If the struggle against terrorism means that all human rights can be ignored, who is the biggest terrorist then? Release the prisoners. Let them chose a country they want to live in. And for everyone who doesn’t find a refuge, it is the American authority’s duty to find a place for him or her in USA. And it EU decides to welcome the prisoners; they must have all the information about them. They must know who they are, if they are guilty and if they really has been put in trail. And they should ask why they couldn’t stay in USA. It should be the demand, no secrets.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/us/politics/17gitmo.html?scp=2&sq=guantanamo%20eu&st=Search

I found this article on nytimes.com and the writer is William Glaberson. He often writes about and concentrates on Guatanamo, so it feels like he knows what he talk about. The New York Times is also one of the worlds most respected and extensive new paper. So I really think this is a perfect source.

What should EU do?

March 26, 2009

As I wrote in my past blog contribution, now when Barack Obama enter into the world of presidents he wants to close the Guatanamo base and he wants Europe to take care of a number of prisoners. And now I have read about a series of organizations that support Obama’s idea. One of them is Amnesty International in Brussels.
One of the employees of Amnesty International, Natacha Kazathchkine, says in an article that’s Amnesty International just lies a stone’s throw from the European Parliament and the organization devote a lot of time in this question. She thinks that EU has moral obligations and they must take responsibility over the fifty or sixty persons whose need a country to live in when Guatanamo closes.
Sweden has not take position in this issue; the responsible persons wants to know more before they put their foot down, the question is regarded as complicated, of course. EU tries to have a common position in this question, but every member country can to what ever they want, they mustn’t listen to EU, and this may cause shatter in EU’s countries.
If EU decides to welcome the prisoners, I think they must have all the information about them. They must know who they are, if they are guilty and if they really has been put on trail. And they should ask why they couldn’t stay in the USA. It should be the demand, no secrets. I read that all the prisoners whose going to be released from Guatanamo, are innocent. And because of that, people don’t understand why countries are so worried, but I assume that when you have the responsibility over a country, you are very keen about the security. If the prisoners isn’t a security risk for USA they should stay there, and if they not, they shouldn’t be released. That’s my opinion.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/26/eu-guantanamo-inmates-offer
Peter Walker, Mark Tran and agencies

Can USA handle the Guatanamo Bay Naval base?

March 19, 2009

Today I found an interesting page on the Internet, when I searched for information about Barack Obama. The journalist and historian Andy Worthington wrote that Obama has recently request Europe and EU to take care of a number of prisoners from Guatanamo Bay Naval base. Andy Worthington is, as I wrote, a journalist and historian, based in London. He is also the author of The Guatanamo Files, the first book to tell the stories of all the detainees in America’s illegal prison. With that, I consider this source as trustworthy since he is well read in this subject. And this wasn’t something new for me; I have heard Obama’s wish about the prison before.

I found a quote from Sara Ludford, a British baroness who is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. She said, “It is time for Europe to muster the political will and help America finally close this shameful chapter of history…digging the Americans out of the hole that they dug themselves into”. I actually think it is remarkable brazenly; it feels like the USA should take care of their mess and not roll over their problems to Europe.
       The reason why I chose this particular story is that I am interested about what Obama means with his key word Change. I did a comprehensive piece of work about him before the election, and one thing I liked about him was that he promised to close Guatanamo, but he never told us how. Is the answer to roll over the problem to other countries, and just say, “This is not only the USA’s responsibility, it is yours to”?  

In point of fact don’t have any expectations on Obama, even though I really think that it is a success for the world that the Americans has chosen an afro-American for president. A view that I probably share with the whole wide world. It perhaps means a great deal for a nation that has characterized of racism before, but a change in the American politic towards the world? No, absolute not yet.               

  

(http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2008/12/16/will-europe-take-the-cleared-guantanamo-prisoners/)