Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The article from BBC news tells how some of the detainees at Guantanamo have been accepted by Albania as refugees. The most interesting part about the article relates to the fact that most of the detainees at Guantanamo fear torture in their home countries. The State Department has maintained that it would not send people back to countries where they might face death or severe forms of torture. The problem arises when none of the countries agrees to accept the people at Guantanamo. Some of the detainees who have been cleared of charges have no place to go to. The outcome is that they have to rot in cages. The article appreciates that countries like Albania are making an effort to resettle the prisoners at Guantanamo. At the same time, it also makes a point that perhaps the US administration is being subjected to too much criticism. Yes, Guantanamo should be closed as soon as possible, but the issues discussed in the article show that it is not an easy task that can be achieved overnight. Do you guys think that the criticism over Guantanamo has been blown out of proportion?