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Guantanamo on (Iranian) TV

Posted on Jun 20, 2007
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Sometimes the best way to tell what other nations think of the U.S. is to see how Americans are depicted in entertainment products.  Judging by this translated excerpt from the Iranian television drama “Guantanamo” (granted, subject matter must also weigh heavily in the equation), our international PR leaves a lot to be desired.  (Hint: Does the American male interrogator figure remind you of another historical stock figure in film and TV?)

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By VietnamEraVet, June 28, 2007 at 5:46 am Link to this comment
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Many of the prisoners at Gitmo have been released and send home where they were released after it was determined there was not evidence against them. However Bush is a criminal and criminals dont care about such things as rule of law or rights of accused.
I am a Vietnam Era Vet 1969-1972 and I have never been so ashamed of my country as when I see a film like this and realize its true! Bush and Cheney protecting us? Bullshit. I dont need or want their Nazi like “protection”

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By ctbrandon, June 26, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Torture is evil in nature. Plain and simple. I cant believe we live in a time where many of my fellow Americans support these prisons and the torture that happens within them as “necessary to protect Americans from Islamic terrorists”.

An evil act is necessary to protect good? If this is true, than what other evils would be acceptable? The murder of American soldiers? The deaths of over 600,000 Iraqis? How much blood must be on American hands before we wake up and realize that we have become the most hated country in the world?


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By lilmamzer, June 25, 2007 at 11:10 am Link to this comment

#80051 by nahida:

the Guantanamo cells are only for those who are strong and those who have a will to adopt the path of the prophets

No, the Guantanamo cells are for the Islamic terrorists who seek to murder American civilians just like they did on 9-11 in New York, Washington, and on United flight 93 over Pennsylvania.

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By stevebenjamins, June 24, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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This poem says it all correctly, intuitively and innately we know our world has been stolen from us by the dreams of the greedy, and we let them produce this level of injustice to our existence until we no longer bear it. The tide is long the moment is reached their inevetable retreat filled with their anguish at karma.

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By QuyTran, June 21, 2007 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Bush administration had not only lost its credibility but also its ethics !

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By carlito paquito, June 21, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

Pain, anguish and shame is what I feel as a decorated U.S. Veteran. (79-82) The very idea that the Geneva Convention is more baffles the mind more than one could imagine.  The rationale that force and torture is the path is equally mind boggling.  Creative cooperation, creative compassion always reaps greater rewards.  Also, as a follower of Christ, who also was tortured, how can so many poo poo this? it undermines and subverts all Christians.  May God help us soon.

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By nahida, June 21, 2007 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Sami al-Haj; the Sudanese journalist who has been held in George W. Bush’s concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay for five years. Haj has not been charged with any crime, but he is undoubtedly guilty of a grave sin in the eyes of the Bush Regime: he is a cameraman for Al Jazeera.

The Independent notes, Haj has “continued to act like a reporter, detailing and documenting what he has seen and experienced inside Guantanamo and then passing this on to his lawyers.” His eyewitness account of life inside the Bush gulag is harrowing — and humiliating for every American in whose name the Bush Regime has perpetrated this filth.

{In some of his notes, he writes: “I sometimes ask myself, who are these people who are held in cages not even fit for wild animals? How do these humans live? The Prophet Jonah lived inside a whale and Moses lived inside a coffin, so the Guantanamo cells are only for those who are strong and those who have a will to adopt the path of the prophets. If I stay all my life in these cages, let those who inflict this on me do what they wish, but I feel I am living the life of a King.”}

The Life of a King

We might look alike
From the out side
But from deep within
We are so very different

Some are full of hate and anger
Some with love… soft and tender

Some take the world
As the enemy
Their sun burns
Their wind blusters
Their rain drenches

Their life is
A constant war
Violent… chaotic… confused

To some, the world is a friend
Their sun brings hope… light
Their wind generates waves in the sand
Their rain creates blooming seasons

Their life is
A precious gift
Tranquil… cherished… serene

The astonishing thing is
That we can’t choose
How we look from the out side

But we truly can
From the inside

Isn’t that just magic!

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