January 23, 2009

BUT WON'T THEY FOLLOW THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE OBAMESSIAH?

Closing Guantánamo: Will Europeans take detainees?: Europeans, who have long pushed to close the controversial facility, are hesitant to take some of its inmates. (Robert Marquand, 1/23/09, The Christian Science Monitor)

[E]uropean states are not rushing to take detainees, a step considered essential to closing the camps.

Rather, on the eve of a Jan. 26 meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels that takes up the question, there's more temporizing than unity – and a possibility that some states that say they will take inmates considered wrongly detained may hide behind bureaucratic moves to tie such help to a collective EU agreement. Such agreement may be difficult. [...]

"The Europeans said for years they would assist inmates if only the Bush administration would decisively close Guantánamo," [Lotte Leicht, director of EU affairs at Human Rights Watch in Brussels] continues. "Now we have a new reality with a new president. So to say the EU can only help if we do it together may be a bad excuse not to, rather than a real effort."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2009 8:38 AM
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