Thursday, January 19, 2006


Germany's Merkel says Guantanamo should be shut

By Karin Strohecker Sat Jan 7, 7:59 PM ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in an interview published days before her first visit to the United States, said Washington should close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp and find other ways of dealing with terror suspects.

"An institution like Guantanamo can and should not exist in the longer term," Merkel said in an interview with the weekly magazine Der Spiegel published on Saturday. "Different ways and means must be found for dealing with these prisoners."

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I wanted to point this out the very first time I heard it but I was still in my bereavement. Now that I'm back (although I still miss the old gray girl), I feel the urge to shout from the rooftops the following observation:

You know we're not doing the right thing when the German Chancellor tells our President, "Dude, your prison in Cuba is not cool. Really, you need to tone it down, buddy."

I'm just sayin'…

Story and photo courtesy of Reuters

** Quick Update: Yes, I am playing with history here but I'm not slamming on the current Germans. I try to be very careful about making comparisons to the Nazi Party (and George Bush, not my favorite president, is not a Nazi or anything close). I could equally be saying "When Americans call you fat and arrogant, you know you're in trouble."


Jenn said...

Ha! You have a valid point here. Me being of direct German decent (a first generation American), I would never say something like this. Granted I am generally rather harse, but I think I would just be more embarrassed than anything.

dan said...

So true, so true.

Stopping by from your rent landlord... good choice by both of you it appears. ;)

Jas said...


But like it or not, our president is sort of like the frat boy party animal who lives downstairs who always has the stereo up too loud and the drunken late night parties.

You can go downstairs all you want to ask him to cut it out at 4 AM, and he'll smile, and say sure......

And there you are, 4:15 AM, and the floor is still thumping.

It is nice to note that other countries are taking an active role in global issues especially where the United States is concerned, however our American politicians have rarely let other countries tell us what to do. We barely listen to anyone else.

Still Searching... said...

Interesting to be sure.

Black Eyed Gurl said...

Sieg Heil! I mean, go German Chancellor. I do think this is funny I mean when a nation that you have kept a good eye on to make sure they don't relive atrocities is telling you that you might be doing something wrong ie: prisoners, you've got issues.

BTW: Are we the only nation afraid to let a woman lead? Even South America is ahead of us now! Damn!

Jeff said...

Heh... yeah right...???

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