Saturday, December 13, 2008

Baby Steps on Gitmo

Hey look, diplomacy works!

Some 60 prisoners among the 250 currently occupying the prison cannot be returned home, for fear they would be subject to punishment or torture in countries like Lybia, China and Algeria. It has been a point of pressing concern to human rights groups.

"The time has come for the European Union to step forward," said Portugal's Foreign Minister Luis Amado. The EU "should send a clear signal of our willingness to help the U.S. government resolve this problem, namely by taking in the detainees."

"Diplomats said the announcement by Portugal was partly a product of personal diplomacy by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a trip in September," reported the Seattle Times. "But they said it also appeared that the logjam was breaking because other countries were eager to show the incoming Obama administration that they were willing to assist in the complex challenges of closing the camp."
Closing the facility is (like most things) being over simplified by the media and representatives both in support and opposition, but this is a good sign that what it will take is something everyone (even Condi!) can agree on.

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