The International Writers Magazine: Cry Freedom
BAY- The New Alcatraz
With all the flak that is going on around the world caused by the
escalation of Islamic terrorism its hard to write about anything
just had another three examples of this horror, right here in my adopted
country (Spain) and everyone including myself is still trying to search
through those partitions of our brain that continue to reject the reality
of such unnecessary carnage caused by one sector of humanity against
another. But here is a clue. Having lived and worked for several years
in the Middle East I realised very early on that a whole sector of this
planet is inhabited by humans that do not use logic nor common sense.
Only the word of Allah. It is therefore very hard or nigh impossible
for us Westerners to understand why we are in the situation we are today.
To us, it just doesnt make sense. So, as the saying goes, East
is east and West is west and never the twain shall meet!
Yet there is a common denominator that can be addressed in this bloody
mess. It is the one that has been around since the earth began. Property.
I am not a historian, but when the human being evolved from monkey to
homo sapien and elevated him/herself above his fellow animals using
his superior intelligence to construct some sort of a civilisation,he
brought with him the deadliest avarices inherent in all fauna. The constant
hunger for a patch of land to claim as his own. Despite the craving
by certain Muslims to depart this planet as fast as they arrived, and
taking with them a few infidels on the way, everyone recognises that
they too are in an eternal fight for that most worthy of human possessions.
In this sense they are no different to the rest of us.
Many of us journalists, both amateur and professional, have always reiterated
that if it werent for the fight over Jerusalem between Israelis
and Palestinians coupled with the forceful existence of the State of
Israel on Palestinian territory, the world situation may have been carved
up in a different way. Who knows. When Britain handed over Palestine
to the Jews after WWII they virtually signed a death warrant on western
civilisation. You dont believe it? Just take a good look at the
geopolitical situation today and what do you see? The uprising of Jihad
to re-conquer the Holy Land and if necessary seal the fate of the usurpers
by annihilating them. At the moment they are doing a pretty good job
at the annihilating bit but struggling over the territorial gains.
Then you have the impasse in Iraq. This screw-up is a constant free
for all between a western coalition trying to instil democracy and Mohameds
boys telling them to scram. And now Spain. The Catholic Kings kicked
the Moors out of Andalusia some four hundred years ago yet theyre
back again, knocking at our door with renewed lethal passports. The
situation is no joke, believe me! So what the hell has all this got
to do with Guantanamo Bay?
When a group of Islamic assassins took to the air on September 11th,
2001 and destroyed the World Trade centre in New York and part of the
Pentagon in Washington D.C., they literally declared war on the United
States of America. There is no doubt about that. Being in a state of
war, the US military machine was activated. The immediate reaction,
we all know, was a swift counter attack on the only known and suspected
culprit, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. With the help of the 7th
Cavalry this wild bunch, headed by a bearded monster called Osama bin
Laden, who had been planning and training all kinds of goons in the
art of anti-American terrorism, were soon broken apart. (For a time
at least). Again, so much for recent history. But what effects are caused
during wars, apart from death and destruction?
Wars create so called prisoners-of-war and of course, the need for somewhere
to put them. With regards to the USAs captives, what better location
than the existing lost and forgotten paradise in southeast Cuba known
as Guantanamo Bay. Apart from the fact that they have held a naval base
there for over a hundred years, the place has now been turned into an
American style XXI century POW camp. Its got all the mod cons
and sophisticated interrogation technology needed to break down a suspected
war criminal. Its isolation adds to the bases security. Hence
the United States military justice system is untouched by other
human hands. On the last count there are some 600 internees from various
countries that have been rounded up throughout the world. Some have
been there since the end of the Afghan war. Most have not had proper
democratic legal assistance. Due to its impregnability, it is ideal
to ward off all the worlds do-gooders including journalists and
international lawyers that continually accuse Uncle Sam of breaking
the basic rules of human rights. They dont appreciate that the
US is now at war.
Lets hold it right there and once again rewind!
Isnt Guantanamo Bay in Cuba? And isnt Cuba one of the USs
staunch non-Islamic enemies? How come during all these years since Brother
Fidel took over in 1959 that he never tried to exercise his right and
kick the yanks out of his converted Communist island? He has certainly
tried through other means to oust the US Navy. Just think for a moment.
Supposing China had a little piece of the Florida Keys to house part
of its naval fleet and for years kept stomping around the Caribbean
to the annoyance of Uncle Sam? How would Sammy feel if they then turned
it into, heaven forbid a Communist concentration camp? The
tables may have been turned in this hypothetical example but that is
exactly what Guantanamo Bay was and has become. This is not the only
part of the world where this type of anomaly exists. Argentina and Great
Britain went to war over the Falkland Islands in 1982 because of the
eternal claim by the South Americans to foreign invasion
of one of their island possessions. And what about Gibraltar? Spain
has been bickering for centuries about land usurpation by Britain without
any solution in sight. Ironically, Gibraltar was used as a POW in WWII
and is now a naval base. A sort of reverse situation to that of the
So you see, no matter what war is being waged and by whom, be it ideological
or religious, land grabbing always plays a leading role. Despite all
this political mayhem, not all POWs are murderers or terrorists.
Im sure that there must be dozens or more birdmen
who like Robert Stroud in Alcatraz found solace in a more peaceful species
of the animal race. Canaries make lovely companions during solitary
© James Skinner. April 2004.
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