It would appear that the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, much criticized by the American left, ain’t so bad after all–at least, not for some prisoners:

Fearing militants or even their own governments, some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay from China, Saudi Arabia and other nations do not want to go home, according to transcripts of hearings at the U.S. prison in Cuba.

Uzbekistan, Yemen, Algeria and Syria are also among the countries to which detainees do not want to return. The inmates have told military tribunals that they or their families could be tortured or killed if they are sent back.

Wait a minute. I thought torture and death what the detainees were getting at Gitmo?

It’s likely that the anti-Bush will simply respond to the story about Gitmo prisoners not wanting to leave by pointing to that as evidence of massive brainwashing at the prison that is in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions.

A while back, when Dick Durbin, the Senator with the most accurate first name in all politics, was bashing the U.S. Military, President Bush, and everybody else involved in the least, for abuses at Gitmo, comparing alleged tactics by American interrogators to Nazis and the Soviet Gulags, I wrote the following Sonnet. Durbin’s refusal to completely apologize continues to keep it topical.

Dick Durbin’s Sonnet 18, with apologies to Bill Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s gulag?

Thou art more cruel and less temperate:

Rough interrogations, herded by cattle dog,

And summer’s leash, we’ll remember it:

Sometime too hot the eye of Stalin shines,

And Pol Pot’s legacy brightened not dimm’d;

And every Hitler reincarnate forms death lines,

By Bush decree or Halliburton’s course untrimm’d;

But thy eternal torture shall not fade

Nor gain legal representation which thou owest;

The light of truth shines on a price to be paid,

For flushing a Quran, down the toilet it goest:

So long as “unnamed sources” for Newsweek can crow,

Will be exposed this, the torturous prison of Gitmo.

Among Durbin’s complaints were the fact that some detainees weren’t offered prayer rugs, or the rugs they were offered weren’t sufficiently Scotchgarded


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