Violator, on Jan 22 2009, 03:49 PM, said:
The Gitmo decision is absolutely stupid, and will do nothing to "restore our image" anywhere.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland is ready to consider taking in detainees from the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba if that helps to shut it down, the Swiss government said on Wednesday.
"For Switzerland, the detention of people in Guantanamo is in conflict with international law. Switzerland is ready to consider how it can contribute to the solution of the Guantanamo problem," the government said in a statement.
European governments, which for years have called for the camp to be closed, are under pressure to help find a home for around 245 remaining detainees. The camp has held more than 750 captives since opening in 2002, most without trial.
Portugal was the first EU state to say it would accept detainees and France has said it is ready to do so as well, but others are less enthusiastic. EU foreign ministers will discuss the issue at a meeting on January 26.
EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot welcomed on Wednesday Obama's plans to freeze military trials at Guantanamo.
"I am delighted that one of the first actions of President Obama was to turn the page on this sad episode of Guantanamo prison," he said in a statement. "For me, this is very symbolic. In a lawful state, everybody should enjoy the right to defense."
outlaw-master, on Jan 22 2009, 04:50 PM, said:
Ashrak, on Jan 22 2009, 05:45 PM, said:
And? Sometimes the whole country doesn't know what the heck it is talking about. Not to mention opinion polls are exceedingly poor barometers of what the public thinks.
One thing I liked about Bush was just that; he wasn't beholden to the opinion polls and the "6/10 Americans say this" newscoverage. In all the time that Bush was in office, not I, nor any member of my family get sampled in an opinion poll. Not once.
If more than half the country that elected you doesn't like you, and what you are doing, something is seriously wrong.
seriously, he was elected to represent the people. he was apparently only representing 22% of them.
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