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May 4, 2013 / Fantelius

The Economist Gags on Gitmo

The Economist published an editorial (Enough To Make You Gag – May 4, 2013) condemning Guantánamo ”as unjust, unwise and un-American”.

Why un-American? Is it Russian? Argentinean? Burmese, perhaps? Sorry, Economist, it’s as American as it gets, as American as the Pentagon, Washington or Wall Street.
“Nothing has done more to sully America’s image …”.
Gitmo doesen’t sully the image, it clarifies it. It IS America.

The editorial states that “They (the prisoners) should be tried or set free, just as terrorist suspects are in every other civilised country.”
First of all, at least 86 of the captives are not, according to Army investigators, terrorists. Second of all, a country that treats humans the way prisoners are treated in Gitmo is not civilized and should not be equated with ”every other civilized country”.

So, according to the Economist, the USA is not just, not wise and not civilised. What is it then? We can’t use the word criminal, can we? The Economist opts for ”Orwellian”, anticipating, I suspect, that the word is suitably abstract. For those who look up a definition (Wikipedia):
”A policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past … practiced by modern repressive governments.”

Despite all, the Economist makes one of the clearest establishment statements on Guantánamo even while gagging.



“Barbed wire doesn’t say much but it says it sharply.”
Dartwill Aquila

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