Monday, January 07, 2008

The orange background - it hurts the eyes, doesn't it?

January 11, 2008, will mark the six-year anniversary of the arrival of the first "detainees" at the "tropical paradise" known as Guantanamo Bay.

One of the youngest members of that "exclusive club" is Omar Khadr. In July 2002, at the age of 15, he was involved in a battle in Afghanistan. He has been at Gitmo, in legal limbo, ever since. He alleges that he has been tortured.

David Crane, the former U.S. prosecutor for Sierra Leone's war crimes trials, argues that Omar Khadr should be treated as a child soldier, with the same sympathy and protection offered to him as the US and Canada offered to Africa's child soldiers, who were "forced to commit atrocious crimes."

The ACLU is calling upon the citizens of this great nation to wear orange on January 11th, to symbolize our "sadness and disgust with the national disgrace that is Guantanamo Bay."

I realize that tweaking the CSS code on my blog will have little to no effect on the indefinite detention and alleged torture that Guantanamo has come to represent .. but it's the only tool I have at the moment.

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