Thursday, October 19, 2006

But... but I thought they cared?

Check it out – the über-moonbats at Courrier International cover WaPo’s statement of what’s been rather obvious with a light touch. Having been hyperventilating over the Gitmo prisoners, they bury this little gem:

Regularly, the United States is challenged over the Guatanamo Bay prisoners who are supposed terrorist and are called “enemy combatants”, and do not enjoy Geneva convention rights. It’s good to close Guantanamo, certainly, but what to make of the prisoners? According to The Washington Post, in spite of their calls to the closing of Guantanamo, several European countries refused the transfer of prisoners on their territory.
As for that great, self-stated love of “human rights” for anyone who appears remotely opposed to U.S. interests, WaPo wrote this unsurprising stance of the Europeans:
Other European governments, which have been equally vocal in assailing Guantanamo as a human rights liability, have also balked at accepting prisoner transfers. A Turkish citizen who was born and raised in Germany was finally permitted to return from Guantanamo in August, four years after the German government turned down a U.S. proposal to release him.

In addition, virtually every country in Europe refused to grant asylum to several Guantanamo prisoners from China who were not being sent home because of fears they could face political harassment there.
Can you smell that, son? Can you smell the mendacity?

All it is, is more of the usual European bleating about what they WISH could happen, while making no effort whatsoever to achieve it.
"We think countries whose nationals are in Guantanamo ought to take responsibility for them," Bellinger [the State Department's chief legal adviser] said. "We have also, in certain cases, encouraged European governments to see if they would be eager to take detainees of other nationalities."

So far, there have been few takers.
This, behind all the dramatic foot-stomping and fist-shaking we find:
"It was a shame what happened," said one of his [the German national’s] attorneys, Bernhard Docke. "It was a kind of excuse for being passive and just watching what was going on. If Germany had done something then, it would have kept him from having to spend another four years in Guantanamo."
Surprised?the fuse is lit!