Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mr President: Tear Down Quantanamo

Everyone who remembers former US President Ronald Reagan visiting Berlin, will remember his words: "Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall!" The same should be said now that Barack Obama is nearing the end of his second term.

It was part of his original vows to the American people. The fair treatment of prisoners, even terrorists, is what defines a civilized society. We can't hide behind clever words and new definitions about the dangers of terrorism. Fairness and fair trials must be at the core of our democratic values.

If we are still living in a democracy...

We must realize the implications of failing in this all-important aspect of democracy. If we can't stand tall with pride for the way we handle both friends and foes, then we should begin a deep analysis of ourselves. We simply can't just keep on making mistakes. We must take stock of our national identities, and for the US that includes taking a stand against Quantanamo...

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