Saturday, January 07, 2006
Angela Merkel, Germany's new Chancellor is speaking out just before meeting King George II in Washington. Good for her.
For more background on Gitmo, or to learn how you might take action on this, have a look here.
"At a news conference on Saturday, Mrs Merkel defended her comments, but said she would not demand the immediate closure of the camp when she meets with President Bush next week.
'That's my opinion and my view and I'll say it elsewhere just as I have expressed it here,' she said.
Human rights campaigners have protested over Guantanamo Bay
'My talks with leaders of other countries don't consist of my expressing demands but of exchanging views.'"
Why can't she "exchange" this particular "view" with the Shrub, then? She can say it here, there, but not everywhere? Maybe if more people who have the chance WOULD look him in the eye and say, "You know, everybody else thinks this is a pretty crappy way to conduct business," he might get a stronger message.
Thanks, as always, for bringing this to out attention, Gary.
"In Berlin, Ms Rice and Mrs Merkel sought to dampen down the discussion about alleged CIA practices, the BBC's Ray Furlong reports."
Mrs Merkel said Ms Rice had given "important" reassurances that the US would use "every lawful means" to protect citizens from the threat of international terrorism.
For what it's worth..
That being said, I have to wonder if the reason Mrs. Menkel isn't going to voice her opinion directly to the president is because she assumes that he will have heard/read her comments prior to their meeting and knows where she stands.
Then again, the way to affect change in this world is to continue to fight and stand up for what you believe in, even if that fight falls on deaf ears.
Thanks for the thoughtful post, Gary.
He said people tell him all the time, "We hate Bush. We don't hate Americans." He is a gay Republican who voted for John Kerry... he certainly understands that position.
That is, sentiment is a matter of strong feeling, while caring demands that it be express through action. Here sentiment lies against Gitmo et al, but she really doesn't care about it. She is in intellectual agreement with the opposing view, but she has not assimilated the agreement to full expression.
I believe Merkel will aspire to become a German version of Thatcher - not much room there besides "I", "me", "my country"...
Her position on Gitmo is tounge and cheek ... to keep the SPD and Greens happy for an other month or two.
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