March 10, 2006


Doctors attack US over Guantanamo (BBC, 3/10/06)

More than 250 medical experts have signed a letter condemning the US for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The experts, from seven nations, said physicians at the prison had to respect inmates' right to refuse treatment.

The letter, in the medical journal The Lancet said doctors who used restraints and force-feeding should be punished by their professional bodies.

They've got the foundation of their profession a bit backwards, no?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2006 8:34 AM

And, of course, no one will blame the U.S. when the prisoners die.

Posted by: Kevin Bowman at March 10, 2006 9:20 AM

I agree that we shouldn't force feed. Just let them die. In fact, shoot them now.

Is that want these "doctors" want?

Posted by: Bob at March 10, 2006 9:34 AM

Now food is "treatment?"

Posted by: Sandy P. at March 10, 2006 10:53 AM

Well, at least we know they'll go euphorically.

Posted by: Sandy P. at March 10, 2006 10:54 AM

Sandy: I believe it was firmly decided by the US court system that providing food for someone is in fact an "extraordinary measure"...

Posted by: b at March 10, 2006 11:30 AM

In the tradition of Mengele, if the prisoners are dead men walking, perhaps the good doctors would endorse some 'vital' experimentation first. Lots of anorexia research, to be sure.

Posted by: ratbert at March 10, 2006 11:48 AM

Ratbert: Ooh, we can get them in a Catch-22! Refusal to eat is a sign of a mental disorder (anorexia), so obviously they're not competent to make the decision not to eat and must be force-fed...

Posted by: b at March 10, 2006 11:51 AM

So typical. These so-called and self-proclaimed medical ethics experts want to use our own strengths against us. They think that if we are forced to choose betwen letting them starve themselves to death, or set them free, we will have no choice but to choose the latter.

What we really need to do are find ways in which these compassionate and ethically superior progressives are the first, instead of last, to feel the effects of their casual tolerance of the infliction of evil on everyone else.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 10, 2006 1:50 PM

Those doctors should be made to put their money where their mouths are. Go to Gitmo and oversee the removal of the forced feeding tubes, then sign the death certificates when they die of starvation and them escort their corpses back home to whatever country will accept them.

It's the humane thing to do.

Posted by: erp at March 10, 2006 3:06 PM

Raoul has it right. Those Drs are NOT just apolitical humanitarians. Their aim is the release of all prisoners.

Posted by: Tom Wall at March 10, 2006 4:54 PM

mengeles sans frontieres

assign several gitmo prisoners to each of these doctors, living in their homes with their families.
make the cotors responsible for any crimes these guys commit while in their care.

yeah, i thought so.

Posted by: toe at March 10, 2006 5:52 PM