Talking Points: 21 May

  “The American people don’t want these detainees held at a military base or federal prison in their back yard”  Republican Senator John Thune said

The Senate voted yesterday against granting the $80 million requested by President Obama to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and to bar the transfer of detainees to the United States and its territories. Is there no alternative to Guantanamo?

Just give us the aid please
Last week we had a debate about whether some countries are deaf to world opinion. Despite many pleas by the international community, the Sri Lankan government ignored calls for a ceasefire and went ahead with its offensive against the Tamil Tigers which ended in the victory of the Sri Lankan government at last. The conflict however left millions displaced and in need of humanitarian aid. Is that what the international community should be focusing on?

Instead of getting into other countries’ internal affairs and trying to fix them should we just give humanitarian aid? In this article Adrian Hamilton argues that not on any incident be it Drafur, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Tibet or Burma has outside pressure worked. Do the people of these countries need our political intervention or just our aid?

New York Bomb Plot
We have yet to discuss this for a question. Four men were arrested late yesterday over alleged plots to attack targets in New York.The four , all American Muslims, planned to blow up synagogues and use Stinger missiles to bring down military planes.

8 Responses to “Talking Points: 21 May”

  1. May 21, 2009 at 10:52

    Guantanamo will always be a difficult question to resolve. President Obama realises that Americans do not want detainees on American soil. In the same breath he would like to see the hated prison closed and the sorry decisions of the Bush Administration permanently consigned to the past. Unfortunately no country is interested in taking back these detainees. The wrangling about the justification of their detention is still being questioned. Granted these detainees could be highly dangerous but there is a possibility that a few of them could be innocent. So the saga continues. Justice has to be served properly.

  2. May 21, 2009 at 12:14

    Obama Isn’t Always Right!
    TEHRAN – Washington, Tehran standoff has aggravated the plight of Iranians, strengthened the hand of prelates and hardliners, but that’s what Obama wants.
    Why should Guantanamo prisoners go to the States? Once out of prison, they will automatically be eligible to stay and work in America.

  3. 4 Morf
    May 21, 2009 at 15:57

    Few if any of the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo will ever be released, so the question is essentially one of where to warehouse them for the rest of their lives.

    The SuperMax facility in Colorado would be a logical place for several of them, but I think other nations should take some as well. Perhaps the USA would agree to take about half of the prisoners and others nations could split up the remainder under some international treaty agreement.

    On another front, is anything like a fair trial a possibility for these people?

  4. 5 Brian
    May 21, 2009 at 18:57

    Having listened to just a little of the on air program, I am not certain many of us in the USA have a grasp of exactly what Guantanamo is all about. The guest who was blinded surprised me, if indeed tactics were so extreme they led to his blindness, I am deeply troubled, for the record I am a Republican.

    I guess I don’t get the entire argument of not having them on US soil, our own Kansas Congressional delegation is adamantly opposed to having them at Fort Leavenworth. The only reason I can gather is a feeling they might act as a lightening rod and draw terrorist attacks to our soil.

    It isn’t American to hold people indefinitely without trial. Either there is proof or not, it needs to be brought to trial. Obama is in a pinch on this one, that is a fact.

  5. 6 markie
    May 22, 2009 at 03:47

    9-11 should have never happened. bush, rice, ashcroft and cheney have been back pedaling ever since it occurence to “make up’ for their incompetence. they are scum of the earth. not worth of repute.

  6. May 23, 2009 at 08:34

    If the Americans do not want these peopple on their soil, and they ;are the ones who imprisoned them, clearly, the Americans are no longer intrested, in their cases; as such, they should be sent to their contries ;of origin. I am sure they will not be rejected.

  7. 8 T
    May 25, 2009 at 02:40

    How hypocritical is this? Congress passes the Patriot Act without reading it. And now, nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions.

    Can you blame other countries for not wanting to be a part of this by taking these mostly innocent detainees?

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