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Old 04-23-2004, 05:36 PM   #61
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Which ones are you referring to?

They released the British citizens as a political gesture for Blair.
Does that mean you don't think the people were released were innocent?
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Old 04-23-2004, 05:39 PM   #62
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Hard to tell there was no trial.
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Dread,
Do you think the Bush administration were wrong to release those British prisoners?
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Why let them go rather then place them in someone else's detainment if it was just political?
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Do you think the Bush administration were wrong to release those British prisoners?
Sorry, I know this was addressed to you Dread, but I seem to remember an article that said the military disagreed with their release and wanted to continue collecting information from them.

From all accounts, they did not appear to be British citizens on holiday when their tour bus took a wrong turn.....
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So I take it from that that you don't believe the people released were innocent. As you stated before that you believe they were released as a "political gesture" does it concern you that the adminstration would be willing to release people they suspected of being terrorists for political gain?
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It bothers me that enemy combatants are released - even for political reasons. But politics is a complicated game.
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It bothers me that enemy combatants are released - even for political reasons. But politics is a complicated game.
This I agree with.......and I have a hard time believing that foreign nationals in Afghanistan were just there to see the countryside.

I was not there, I do not know why they were jailed, but I have faith in the soldiers that are there that they are doing their best to take into custody the right people.
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It bothers me that enemy combatants are released - even for political reasons. But politics is a complicated game.
Surely even the complexity of politics isn't sufficient justification for the release of people you consider to be guilty of terrorism?

It seems to me that there are two ways of looking at the released of the British prisoners:

Either you believe they were innocent and therefore should have been released, in which case you need to consider whether it was right for them to have been imprisoned for two years for no reason, and whether there may be other innocent prisoners being detained without just cause.

Or alternatively you believe that the prisoners weren't innocent and that their release was simply political manoeuvring on the part of the Bush administration, in which case, questions are raised about the integrity of an administration which would release people it believed to be dangerous simply because it was politically expedient.
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Or alternatively you believe that the prisoners weren't innocent and that their release was simply political manoeuvring on the part of the Bush administration, in which case, questions are raised about the integrity of an administration which would release people it believed to be dangerous simply because it was politically expedient.
From what I've read, they shouldn't have been released and the gesture was for Blair's benefit, not GWB's. You want to give them back?
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Either you believe they were innocent and therefore should have been released, in which case you need to consider whether it was right for them to have been imprisoned for two years for no reason, and whether there may be other innocent prisoners being detained without just cause.

Or alternatively you believe that the prisoners weren't innocent and that their release was simply political manoeuvring on the part of the Bush administration, in which case, questions are raised about the integrity of an administration which would release people it believed to be dangerous simply because it was politically expedient.
Either way it should make one raise eyebrows at this administrations actions. If our beloved president is so hell bent on ending terrorism I believe I would lose all respect if I thought he released what I believed to be terrorists due to political gain.
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From what I've read, they shouldn't have been released and the gesture was for Blair's benefit, not GWB's.
For Blair's benefit? So then GW is just weak.

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Like this played into your evaluation....
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Like this played into your evaluation....
No it didn't, I had already made my decision, but if I was a supporter of his I think something as heavy as this would definatley be a factor in my thinking.
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i dont understand why people want them released.. they are dangerous people - and the whole world is safer if they are inside jails.

they cant be treated like other POWs...they are very different...and exciting ( in the wrong way of course)
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