Sunday, June 12, 2005

Brutality: Do you want more?

Republican Urges Closing Guantánamo Facility;

Senator Mel Martinez of Florida said Friday that the Bush administration should consider closing the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Martinez is the first high-profile Republican to make the suggestion.

"It's become an icon for bad stories, and at some point you wonder the cost-benefit ratio," Mr. Martinez said at the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors/Florida Press Association convention. "How much do you get out of having that facility there? Is it serving all the purposes you thought it would serve when initially you began it, or can this be done some other way a little better?"

On the surface, this sounds like a good thing. But then, considering the fact that these types of facilities are more about threatening those on the outside, I'm not too keen on the 'a little better' aspect.

More toilets, more Q'urans?

More beatings, more resulting deaths?

Realists know the answer.