June 14, 2006

That Afghan "dream vacation"

Cliff May dissects what appears to be the New York Times' latest campaign -- the closing of Gitmo:

The New York Times is campaigning to shut down Gitmo, the facility housing enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.

Their primary talking point is that the prisoners there suffer “despair.” An editorial on Monday spoke of a “netherworld of despair.” Human Rights Watch has chimed in with “incredible despair”. And this morning the Times runs an op-ed headlined “Detainees in Despair” written by someone who has been released from Gitmo.

It contains this line: “I made the mistake of listening to my older brother and going to Afghanistan on what I thought was a dream vacation.”

Somehow, he acknowledges, he ended up in an al-Qaeda training camp.

Don’t you hate when that happens? You consult your travel agent, you read your Fodor’s and the Times travel section and you think you’re on your way to Club Med Kandahar but instead of playing tennis and windsurfing you end up firing Kalashnikovs and assembling I.E.D.s. It could happen to anyone.

Well, geez, Cliff -- when I went to Costa Rica to study in 1986 I "somehow" ended up in a Contra training camp, and in no time I was ready to take on the Nicaraguan Sandinistas!

Posted by Hube at June 14, 2006 09:48 AM | TrackBack

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Web news reports alternately either that "Bush acknowledges Gitmo damages US image" and that
"Gitmo an excuse for US critics"
talk about spin!!!!

Posted by: Nancy Willing at June 14, 2006 12:45 PM

Lovely "post." We were going to write about this too--the idea of a "dream vacation" in Afghanistan simply boggles the mind. No one is this stupid. Well, perhaps the Gray Lady's editorial staff.

Posted by: The Crack Young Staff at June 14, 2006 12:48 PM

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