The alleged former driver for Osama bin Laden, Salim Hamdan is going to be the first prisoner at Guantanamo Bay to be tried for war crimes.
Hamdan, a married man and father of two has already been held at Guantanamo for seven years. His crime: he was a driver for Osama bin Laden for which he received a measly $200 dollars a month.
Now I’m no supporter of Al-Qaeda and don’t agree with their alleged tactics or actions. But I guess the existence of such organisations and support for them is inevitable when governments of countries fail to serve their people and fight to defend them from colonialism and occupation.
If a driver for the organisation can serve seven years in an inhumane detention facility and then be tried for supporting terrorism for doing his job, than surely by that rationale, the American and British government employees and those working as part of the coalition forces in Iraq, drivers, medics and all, should also be tried for supporting and waging an illegal war and terrorising the people in Iraq. Surely the American government personnel should serve time for providing weapons and arms to the State of Israel as it has terrorised the Palestinians and unlawfully taken their land. Surely anyone in the United States or the west for that matter, who has in anyway supported the terrorist activities of Israel, or supported the illegal war initiated by the United States and the UK, should be tried for war crimes.
Double standards, the sequel continues…
There’s an expression frequently used in the Muslim world to describe the west, it is the all too familiar words, ‘double standards’.
Speaking in London about the inflamed tensions between Mr Karzai and Islamabad, Mr Bush said “Obviously it’s a testy situation there… And if I’m the president of a country and people are coming from one country to another — allegedly coming from one country to another — to kill innocent civilians on my side, I’d be concerned about it. But we can help. We can help calm the situation down and develop a strategy that will prevent these extremists from, you know, from developing safe haven and having freedom of movement.”
I suppose the US strikes on Pakistani soil are different in the eyes of Mr. Bush and others who choose to stand behind him.
Yes obviously Mr Bush, it is a testy situation. And Pakistanis are concerned about it. But you can’t help because it is your government that’s the problem. And yes, Pakistanis can calm the situation and should develop a strategy that will prevent the ‘extremist US army’ from developing a safe haven in Pakistan and having the freedom of movement to kill their own people.
If any one did try and match this poem posted earlier, here’s the translated/adapted version:
They talk about Human Rights,
But don’t act to abolish poverty.
They talk about freedom of thought,
But through the media control opinions
They talk about respect
But insult the prophets and the Quran
They talk about democracy
But disagree if we choose Islam
They talk about tolerance
But can’t handle Islamic societies
They talk about gender equality
But have lowered the status of the woman
They talk about peace and security
But support oppressive governments
They talk about justice
But what about Guantanamo Bay?
They talk about problems in the Third World
But never highlight the problems within their own system
They talk about Free Speech
But prevent discussion against the State of Israel
They talk about the rule of law
But arrest people without evidence
They talk about individual freedom
But remain silent at the hijab ban
They talk about honest discussions
But never accept the real cause of terrorism
If I talk about the contradictions
I become an extremist
Hear me, I can continue
My list of complaints is long