British journalist Con Coughlin has written a great piece about Guantanamo Bay.
The stupid, Leftist press would have you believe that Gitmo is a 'gulag,' a terrible, dungeon-like place, an extension of Abu Ghraib where George Bush is illegally holding a bunch of innocent Arab men. According to Amnesty International and the United Nations and other Leftist groups, these people are being inordinately tortured and abused.
To the critics, I have four little words. Cookies or ice cream?
There are three different categories of detainees at Guantanamo. The 'compliant' are the majority who accept the daily routine and are cooperative. Each prisoner has a personal air-conditioned cell, equipped with a toilet, a sink and an arrow painted on the floor, pointing toward Mecca. They can play games like backgammon and chess or they can study their American taxpayer-provided copy of the Koran. They get two hours of exercise time a day and with their meals.
And they have their choice of ice cream, cookies or peanut butter for desert. Isn't that just terrible, inhumane treatment?
The second detainee category are those who are 'compliant' by cooperating with interrogations. In exchange for said cooperation, not only do they receive all of the above, but extra perks as well, like communal living and playing football or basketball.
These two groups of 'compliant' detainees have been so 'mistreated' they have actually gained weight, and have gotten healthier, since they've been in Cuba. That's not exactly the image the beaten and deprived prisoner many of Leftist persuasion want you to envision.
The third detainee category are the 'non-compliant' detainees, who are known for hunger strikes and throwing 'missiles' of feces and urine at prison guards. According to Coughlin, the response of the guards to these attacks was once an area of controversy.
He writes: "Fearful of a repetition of the prisoner abuse that occurred at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, the guards are under instructions not to retaliate."
Now let's imagine for a moment that you are one of those prison guards. Some guy throws his piss and shit at you but you're not allowed to strike back for fear of being accused of 'abuse' by one of those hypocritical 'human rights' groups. Whom, exactly, is being 'mistreated' here?
Some of these same detainees, as a form of protest, have declined their meals, leading to force-feeding, which has also been criticized by human rights groups and the United Nations.
The rationale of the Left is that the detainees cannot be punished out of concern for their wellbeing but it is perfectly accceptable for these very same detainees to starve themselves to death.
That doesn't make any sense. Particularly because the reason these guys are being detained in the first place is so that they can provide information to the U.S. government about the global machinations of al Qaeda to prevent future terrorist attacks. It doesn't make any sense to mistreat these people. In fact it is in the best interest of the United States to treat these people extremely well so we can extract information from them.
Remember that many Democrats were publicly critical of the Bush Administration's use of Gitmo, but since visiting Camp Delta the calls for closure and the accusations of mistreatment have all been silenced. They simply cannot demagogue this issue any longer.
There is no denying the fact that Guantanamo is well run and that the treatment of the detainees is beyond humane. Do you hear me Tony Blair? The realities of Guantanamo are the exact opposite of the scurrilous myths that have been formulated by the enemies of truth, justice, peace, freedom and democracy.