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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Overheard in the pub yesterday: “…That’s all very well, but countries can’t go round banging people up for questionable reasons based on questionable evidence against the view of pretty much every other country in the world, whether they’re planning poxy show trials or not!”

The conversation had nothing to do with the Iran Crisis. They were talking about Guantanamo Bay.

Welcome to the “Do as we say, not as we do” school of foreign policy.

This post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Mort Karman

    22.36, 03/04/2007

In the old days before, Castro won his 26 July revolution, rich people would go to Cuba for vacation. It was the place to go and no one complained if they were sent there.
Times change and now an “all expense paid trip to Cuba” is something only alleged terrorists get.
I realize the treatment one got at a hotel in before 1959 Cuba was usually a lot better then the Gitmo “guests” get. But if the USA simply improved the service and food they could have not only terrorists, but lots of ordinary people just begging to go to the “Gitmo Hilton”. With the huge cost of all our wars the government could use the extra money the Cuba tourism produced and relations with Castro could improve.
I have been in hotels and motels here in the U.S.. which were not much better then the cells and had food which was (believe it or not) even worse.
So we can keep the people we don’t like in detention, just give them the use of the swimming pool and send in some pretty females wearing miini swim suits.
Don’t you wish I was making America foreign policy?

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