Guantanamo details are lacking

By June 9, 2011

I read the lead story in the June 8 edition of The Enterprise and I am somewhat confused. I do understand that the government reported three fewer children had been detained at Guantanamo than had previously been reported. That is not acceptable, but the story never gave an indication as to why the error was made.

What I could not find in this poorly written article was why they were detained in the first place. I also was unable to find the “children’s” ages.

I believe that children can be misled by adults, peers or by their own immature decision of what is right or wrong. However, if they are a threat to their fellow countrymen or to our troops, should they be detained or shot?

I remember a conversation with a close friend after he escaped from Iran with his family. I suggested that the Iranian soldiers looked so young. He told me that that is the way wars are fought.

“If you do not give a child a toy gun to play with he will use his thumb and finger as a gun to play at war.” “This is when they are the best soldiers.” “When the children grow older they are no longer interested in war, for they know of their own mortality.”

Journalists and politicians have a strange sense of right and wrong. If a man is accused of a crime, say murder, his name is reported in the newspaper unless he is under the age of 18; then he needs to be protected.

It is unacceptable journalism that would lead us to conclusions without conveying all of the information.

Paul Bolnik

El Macero

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