Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Guantanamo Bay prison - it's time to close it...
On January 11, 2002, the US transferred the first detainees to the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Five years later, despite widespread international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities remain there.
- Because the U.S. administration chose Guantánamo as the location for this detention facility in an attempt to hold detainees beyond the reach of U.S. and international law.
- Because Guantanamo has become the most visible symbol of U.S. human rights abuses in the name of the "war on terror."
- Because five years of lawlessness is too long.
Here is Amnesty USA's site for doing something about Guantanamo.
And the really big news! Write a haiku related to human rights - direct, indirect or abstract. Use three lines: 5, 7, and 5 syllables (rules...rules... I know). I will randomly pick a winner in a week or so and you will win the lovely orange t-shirt in the photo above (well, not that exact shirt, but one just like it). Take your human rights to the street in fashion!
I'll begin (but I can't win):
darkness like black ink
silence and the empty air
door cracks hope awakes
I just clicked back to "review" the haiku of my "competition" and I see that my second line has only six syllables. This is what happens when you try to write an haiku while your eight=year-old is noisily doing homework next to you.
Here is the corrected version:
be the miracle
that you wish to see happen
see a miracle
Ahhh. That's better.
Suzi - thanks and how about?
Don't have a haiku
but wanted to say this is
a great idea
I can't see you out there now
But some day I may
Not good, but it's inspired by the Police song, "The Invisible Sun."
Yo man, you need to take an other vacation in Mexico. Relax, ease down...
What am I supposed to write, that the US is leasing Guantanamo from Castro for $1 a year.
Give me all the prisoners and give me the island - I will pay the rent.
OK, this is about haiku's. Nevermind the price or trophy. I already had my fair share, your Mexican artwork still pined up in front of me.
For the sports of the issue, I will submit something anyway.
YOUR BALLS ARE TOASTED
KORAN PINNED UP TO YOUR FOREHEAD
NO RELIEF IN SIGHT
It is not going to go away Gary. If it is not Guantanamo, it will be somewhere else. But you knew that.
So in that spirit, I'll write an other one:
LOSS OF THE ISLAND
WILL SAVE MANY SOULS INDEED
US WILL FACE TRUTH
whatever, I am going to bed now. This is an interesting competition, maybe I have to sleep over it ....
Bloggers against torture now
we still speak up, stop
phew.. I'm not really good at that haiku stuff... too much thinking instead of 'free poetry association'..
should the bloggers against torture do another reminder day of blogging about Gitmo? That's how we met most of 'us' didn't we?
and red clad folks in cages;
give them fair trial.
Leave Castro alone
and clean up your own kitchen.
Mercy spawns with truth.
Nine eleven sucked,
but there is no substitute
to hear the real thing.
The US will fail
to torture more combatants.
The end of the day,
while the glow of sun is there
prisoners come free.
Can I still come to Canada? Will they make me write haiku to get in? If so I'm fucked. What are you smoking?
Chimpy is a must,
to make us crave for new shores.
you make up the last line...
Okay, Basho or Shiki, Japanese Haiku masters, might not approve of the topic... or maybe they would.
I already know I'm going to draw two names! (I have two new shirts to send.)
That somewhat helped to change things around to the better. I saw "Carmen" filmed by Carlos Saura the other day ... again. Reminded me of that cultural (and religious) mix which impacted this location, even felt still today.
Spilled blood on virgin ground makes souls thrive for more thrust. That is why there are conquistadores. But recent regulations will prevent the killing of a steer, conquistadors are dead instead. Hemingway will turn in his grave.
My point is really no point. I am just rambling.
I just want you to know, that Guantanamo is a bad thing, a bad thing the US keeps maintaining. It should end - immediately.
On the other hand I read a "Spiegel" article (German tabloid/ newspaper) today about "honor killings" of Turkish, muslim woman who just wish to live, live in equality and freedom. The death sentence is carried out by family members who reject these womans liberation. The woman has to be killed because she stains the faith, the Muslim tradition and therefore the honor of the whole family.
So yes, let's free all the people in Guantanamo Bay. But let as not forget, it is mostly to help the US to get on track again, for them to assume some kind of sense of morality or responsibility. Nothing else.
The prisoners present there, just or unjust, have nothing to do with the larger picture. They are mostly (cynical me) victims of their own fate.
I am not sure how the west will combat Islam from now on, the way they do it presently is out of range.
As a disclaimer I also wish to say that I have an abundance of tolerance towards many religions and philosophical world views. But the Muslim faith has recently been excluded from that list for continuous reasons of repetitious torture, killings and mass murdering of civilians, both abroad and "at home".
Therefore my final haiku is this:
Keep your skin before
it fades to leather and dries
gates must be opened.
1. I'm not asking that everyone in Guantanamo be set free. Amnesty, the Red Cross and Gary are asking that the people there be treated under accepted standards of international and American law. No torture, and the right to fair trial, evidence revealed, due process etc. Otherwise, what's the point of parading our wonderful freedoms and values.
2. I know about some of the cultural practices that are so awful - have lots of stuff on honour killings for example. This takes place in some other religious cultures too. Violence against women - in every culture in every land and perpetrated by men - there's a cause...
3. I hear your concerns and I'm not a fan of any religious and especially radical believers. But I know you can also take each man or woman as you meet or find them and that you could appreciate and relate to good people of any belief. I know you would...
Hey, you might debate religion with them, but you could see each for an individual...
The efficiency of keeping humans like animals in cages, like Kentucky fried chickens, was astounding.
That has to stop!
We are talking about several issues here, and I am sorry that I pack in too much at a time.
I have regular contact with Muslims, and I still live, and so do they. I could even call some of them my friends.
That still does not alter my perspective on historical issues ...
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