Eric Marolis of the Toranto Sun Times expressed the following opinion in this mornings edtion about the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, as well as other CIA secret “Black” prisons around the globe. It’s an opinion in which I happen to agree with:
Kudos to President Barack Obama for closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, and the CIA’s network of secret, or “black,'” prisons abroad, both blots on America’s honour and grave violations of international law.
The U.S. conquered Cuba in the 1898 Spanish-American War. Washington then installed a U.S. citizen as president who granted Washington base rights to Guantanamo in perpetuity. A century later, the U.S. made a similar sweetheart deal in Afghanistan.
Now is an excellent time for Obama also to close the U.S. base at Guantanamo and return it to Cuba. Gitmo is a military white elephant. Returning it to Cuba would be a good start to thawing relations between Havana and Washington.
Obama’s next step in returning America to its senses should be ending use of the propaganda terms, “terrorism,” and “war on terror.”
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