Friday, March 12, 2004

Gitmo Horror Show
The International Herald Tribune reports that some of the young Afghans recently released from the U.S. concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have returned home with gruesome stories of maltreatment.

One boy was made to endure endless indoctrination until he could read and and write fluently not only in his native language but in English as well.

At times he was forced to eat lunch on the beach and swim underwater with a mask and snorkel.

They are deeply scarred by their experiences but their neighbors have welcomed them home at last.
"The boys have returned home as minor celebrities because of their education and their ability to speak English. 'He can work as a secretary to President Karzai,' said one of Naquibullah's uncles proudly.

Nonetheless they are stigmatized.

"But there is also suspicion of their pro-American attitude, and the boys are careful not to speak too highly of the Americans in front of fellow villagers."

Don't worry, boys. They same silly rules apply in Greenwich Village.

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