A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Does anyone really care what he says?

The UN didn't do its job in regards to Iraq, Darfur, and numerous other places. Why should we bother listening to its head, the man whose son (if not he, himself) is implicated in the massive Oil-for-Food Scandal?

AP: Annan Says U.S. Should Close Gitmo Prison---

UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday said the United States should close the prison at Guantanamo Bay for terror suspects as soon as possible, backing a key conclusion of a U.N.-appointed independent panel.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan rejected the call to shut the camp, saying the military treats all detainees humanely and "these are dangerous terrorists that we're talking about."

The panel's report, released Thursday in Geneva, said the United States must close the detention facility "without further delay" because it is effectively a torture camp where prisoners have no access to justice.

Annan told reporters he didn't necessarily agree with everything in the report, but he did support its opposition to people being held "in perpetuity" without being charged and prosecuted in a public court. This is "something that is common under every legal system," he said.

"I think sooner or later there will be a need to close the Guantanamo (camp), and I think it will be up to the government to decide, and hopefully to do it as soon as is possible," the secretary-general told reporters.
Annan would have been calling for the release of captured Nazis too. Is there any reason we should grant wicked terrorists even common courtesies? We give them three excellent, nutritional meals a day; clean clothing; beds; medical treatment; prayer rugs and Qurans; bathing facilities; and recreation. The homeless in San Francisco should be so lucky.

What does Mr. Annan suggest we do with these "men" who want to kill us merely for breathing? We ought not let them go until we have wrung (literally if necessary) the last useful and needed drop of information from them.

To do anything less would be irresponsible. If the Allies had capture Goebbel or Himmler during WWII, we would certainly not have let them go. Rather, we would have done whatever it took to end the war early and save lives.

I guess Annan would prefer more free people die, just so some evil terrorists can have some "rights."