The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

This is a MUST watch movie, for all those who haven’t seen it. Not only is it a good movie, it also tells a bitter truth that doesn’t yet seem to have been well digested. For all those ignoramuses, Road to Guantanamo is about 4 Pakistani boys (I think one of them is Bengali) who are British citizens living in Tipton, mostly on the wrong side of the law. During a trip to Pakistan, they are foolishly persuaded to go Afghanistan for relief efforts. Once in Afghanistan, they are captured by U.S. soldiers, who believe that they are terrorists. After sufficiently torturing them in Afghanistan, they are shipped off to Guantanamo Bay.

I’ve spoken earlier about the ignorance of today’s youth. It is precisely that ignorance that leads these nice but foolish boys down the road to hell. A little more awareness about the world around them and they may have realized what they were getting themselves into. This should serve as a wake up call to all, to be a little less dim-witted about the world we live in.

The constant U.S. claim is that Guantanamo Bay keeps terrorists of the worst level, most of whom had a hand in 9/11. And the gullible U.S. public laps it up. The Tipton 3 were, at the very best, stupid. They were not terrorists by any stretch of the imagination. These boys were no angels, but they were, after all just boys looking for a good time. How the U.S. forces could actually keep these three boys in Guantanamo for over 2 years, with not a shred of proof of their so-called terrorist activities, is incredible. How they were tortured to exact ludicrous confessions was tragic. The only reason they were finally released was that they were British citizens, with people in the U.K. who looked for them, and the fact that all their alibis were confirmed by the Tripton police force.

What about all the other innocents who are being held in Guantanamo under dubious circumstances? Who stands up for them? We salivate waiting for the next Bond flick or to see Superman’s next shenanigans, but do we think at all about the harsher world out there? If you’re Muslim, three stupid moves from you could mean the same fate. The arrest of the Tripton 3 was bizarre – even with thick British accents, they were shipped off for being Muslim and being present in Afghanistan. No charges were pressed, no legal avenues were made available, no nothing, except for endless hours of torture. What do you do when you hear about the 500 detainees at Guantanamo? Would I be right if I said you flip the channel?

Watch this brilliant movie. And then think about this ‘war on terror’, justice and what you actually do in this world that is genuinely worthwhile.

How much is too much? What is the price of the freedom and liberties?

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