Guanatanamo Bay – an offence to civilised behaviour.

Guantanamo Bay is a complete flouting of international war. It should be vilified by all civilised people. The fact that it exists at all is an illustration of what I believe is wrong with the USA.

Following Al Qaeda attack of 9/11 there was what was called ‘A War Against Terror’. Despite the fact that the 9/11 was carried out mainly by Saudi Arabians (an ally) with no Iraqis involved, it was decided to invade Iraq – and then Afghanistan (which at least did have some connection with the planning – although some planning was carried out in Germany and they weren’t bombed).

The turmoil in the Middle East resulted in the rise of various militant Islamic groups such as ISIS.

A lot of ISIS soldiers and other terrorist suspects were rounded up.

There was a new term in use – unlawful combatant.

Despite the fact that these people (Taliban and ISIS and Al Qaeda) were largely fighting in their own lands they were rounded up and designated ‘unlawful combatants’.

Nobody knew what to do with them. There were no ways of processing them. If released they might go back to fighting.

So they weren’t awarded prisoner of war status. They were not held on US territory. They were shipped to Guantanamo Bay where they could be held indefinitely in subhuman cages. They were not given a trial or any due process and were tortured.

This basically means that anybody could be rounded up, locked up and tortured at will. All human rights were denied.

Now, I know many will shout – ‘Good riddance’ ‘They deserve it!’ ‘They are a bunch of terrorists’.

Well I contend that if they are terrorists they should be tried in a court and punished accordingly. If they are soldiers they should be afforded prisoner of war status. And if they are innocent they should be set free.

Guantanamo seems to me to be a brutal, uncivilised way to treat human beings. If we are setting an example to the rest of the world I don’t think this is the way to do it.

Guantanamo is an outrage!

Guantanamo Bay – a Stain on America!!

I am not opposed to dealing harshly with terrorists. I think they should be locked up for a very long time. If they have been found guilty of torture or gruesome murder then I think they should be locked up for ever.

But Guantanamo Bay is an insult to justice and stands for everything a civilised country should be against. It tells the lie to the rule of law, justice and freedom and undermines everything the Americans say they hold dear. That is why it is not situated on American soil.

People are brought to Guantanamo on arbitrary grounds.

They are treated abominably – caged and chained.

Some have been tortured.

They have no recourse to a trail (fair or otherwise) or appeal.

They have no sentence and their detainment is without end.

Their treatment is disgustingly wrong!! It is inhumane and unjust!!

If these people are guilty of crimes they need to be tried in a proper court of law and, if found guilty, punished accordingly.

If found guilty of crimes they should receive a just sentence and be treated in a humane manner.

No prisoner should ever be subjected to humiliation, torture or barbaric conditions – such as being caged in the open and chained.

If American soldiers were treated in this way there would be an outcry.

Guantanamo Bay is a blot on the American people and should be shut down. The inmates should be subjected to a fair trial and either released or given appropriate sentences.

In my view America is behaving barbarically and what it is doing is outside of any rules of international justice. It needs to stop.