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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Letters on Treatment of Enemy Combatants


George W. Bush
President
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, District of Columbia

Dear Mr. President:

I am taking time to write to you to protest the treatment of the detainees at Guantanamo Naval Base’s Camp X-Ray. The Muslim individuals you have detained there are being held under conditions reminiscent of what was done in Abu Ghraib, Auschwitz, and the Gulags and as an American, I do not appreciate what you are doing in my name.

I cannot believe that you do not understand that their cultural differences mandate that we treat them humanely, with kindness and compassion. They have been removed from their culture on, what at best, seem to be spurious circumstances and their having an attitudinal problem with their captors seems perfectly normal. I understand that you have a war to fight, but these people are prisoners of war and are entitled to all the considerations of Prisoners of War.

Please insure that these POW’s and any future POW’s have all of their rights protected. Their food must be culturally acceptable, prayer rugs must be provided, copies of their holy book must be provided and their cultural needs met. They should never see women in circumstance other than what they are used to in their culture.

America stands for acceptance and tolerance of differences and these people deserve our kindness and consideration and nothing less. I demand that you begin to treat them as guests in our country until this unpleasantness with other cultures be resolved.

Sincerely:

John Q. Liberal, Atty.
American Civil Liberties Union

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The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C.

Dear Mr. Liberal:

Thank you for your recent letter criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington.

You’ll be pleased to learn that thanks to the concerns of citizens such as yourself, we are creating the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the “Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers” program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, which provides for these detainees to be distributed to home throughout the United States, we have determined that your home is a place that we can count on to provide just the type of care you recommend for them.

Your detainee has been scheduled for delivery to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud, captured fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his “attitudinal problem” will help him cope with these as “cultural differences.”

Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless you feel that this might offend him.

Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters since he views females as a subhuman form of property. This is a particularly sensitive subject for him. He has been known to show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the dress code that he considers appropriate, but I’m sure that over time they will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the bhurkas I have enclosed with this letter. Just remind them that it is all part of respecting his culture and his religious beliefs.

Thanks again for your letter and your willingness to not just complain, but to actually help out.

Take good care of Ahmed and good luck!

Found at The Wide Awakes, and slightly edited.


6 comments:

i eat puppies said...

Ironically, those p[risoners are already receiving half of the writer's demands- rugs, books, korans

Good article in the New Yorker 2 weeks ago re: Guantonamo. I don't suppose you read it...?

MrPaw said...

The problem is, you might actually get some libs to take the offer and run with it.

James Howard Shott said...

i.e.p - I'd say those folks get treated a lot better than most of them deserve.

I didn't see the New Yorker piece. Can you link it?

James Howard Shott said...

Mr. Paw - Are you insinuating that there are some fellow travelers among the American Left? Not too far off, actually.

i eat puppies said...

Mr. Shott

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/050711fa_fact4

James Howard Shott said...

Thanks for the link.