Sunday, February 17, 2008

Suppose the Iranian government arrested and beat Katie Couric

"held her virtually incommunicado for six years and promised to release her only if she would spy for Iran. In such circumstances, Iranian investments in public diplomacy toward the United States wouldn't get very far, either."

These are not my words, but those of Pulitzer prize winner journalist and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, writing about Al-Jazeera's cameraman Sami al-Hajj held and forgotten in Guantánamo Bay since 2002.

In this powerful column  Kristof outlines the damage that Guantánamo Bay has done not only to the tortured innocents such as Sami al-Hajj but also to the civility of the whole world who is just standing by watching without having the courage to stand for what is just and right.

Shame on the free world for holding the truth hostage of their blind bigotry and indifference. Shame on a world that claims itself free while its soul is chained and its will is corrupted.

Free Sami al-Hajj. Free him NOW!

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