ISLAM-OPED: Gulag or Not?


[Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.] Amnesty International recently took a hit on the talk show circuit for calling Guantanamo Bay's Camp X-Ray detention center "the gulag of our time." President Bush called the label "absurd," as did the usual gaggle of conservative commentators. But gulag or not, the seemingly unending stream of embarrassing revelations coming out of Camp X-Ray, and the negative impact they are having on our nation's international image, are enough to consider closing the facility entirely. We all saw the protests, both violent and nonviolent, around the world in response to the now retracted Newsweek allegation that a Quran had been flushed down a toilet by a Camp X-Ray guard. After attacking Newsweek for this allegation, the administration later revealed five incidents of Quran "mishandling" by guards, including splashing urine on the holy text. (MORE)

 


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