Friday, August 15, 2008
The Road to Guantanamo
Watched The Road to Guantanamo ... another Michael Winterbottom film. It's funny, in a cynical way, how films like Osama, In This World, and The Road to Guantanamo are ignored by the American audience, when, in fact, these should be viewed by every American, especially this one. It's part documentary, with the 3 focal characters being interviewed, and actors replaying their terrible story. First, what they were thinking going to Pakistan from England just after 9-11 .. idiots ... then deciding to check out Afghanistan? Double duh. What those guys went through was bad enough, but they had to endure this bullshit (sorry), for 2 years. Denied legal counsel, tortured into giving confessions that were false. They were British citizens who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I could understand if they were actually fighters, like that crazy spoiled kid from California who was caught and is now serving in prison, but these 3 guys were just idiots who made 2 very boneheaded decisions. I'll give them credit, they hung on for as long as possible, but there was no reason that they needed to be in custody for that long, no reason whatsoever. The authorities could have cleared them sooner. I'd like to think that this whole ordeal with Gitmo is winding down, but our and the British government completely overstepped their bounds with these massive roundups and imprisonment. Shame.