July 5, 2007

july 5

watched michael winterbottom's "The Road to Guantanamo" today (director of mighty heart, code 46, wonderland,...) a really great docu drama telling the tale of the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. this film stirred a lot of emotion from me, mainly embarrassment, not sure if it made me embarrassed to be american, or embarrassed for america? either way, a good watch. its hard to see innocent people treated that way, but i also cant justify guilty humans being treated that way, all in the name of national security. is there any end to a war on terror? seems silly to me, maybe instead of trying to kill or imprison every islamic radical, we should figure out why they want to ensue violence on us, and change their motives. as the famous david cross recently put it, "a war on terror?, thats like declaring a war on jealousy". you cant militarily defeat an idea.
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