Straight talk and refreshing honesty from General Myers. “Myers Defends Treatment of Guantanamo Prisoners,” from AP, with thanks to DC Watson:
WASHINGTON (May 29) – The Pentagon’s top general on Sunday defended the treatment of prisoners at the U.S. Navy prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and said the U.S. believes al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is wounded, though it’s not known how badly.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. has done a good job of humanely treating detainees. Muslims in several countries have protested in recent weeks about allegations that a Quran was flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo as part of an interrogation of a prisoner.
The human rights group Amnesty International released a report last week calling the prison camp “the gulag of our time.”
Myers said that report was “absolutely irresponsible.” He said the U.S. was doing its best to detain fighters who, if released, “would turn right around and try to slit our throats, slit our children’s throats.”
In accord with Qur’an 47:4: “Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…”
“This is a different kind of struggle, a different kind of war,” Myers said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We struggle with how to handle them, but we’ve always handled them humanely and with the dignity that they should be accorded.”