"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" -- Alice in Wonderland
What we are led to believe by an often lazy and Obama-supporting big media, enabled by a deliberately ignorant public that lacks, rather than longs, for the truth, is not as it first seems. Take just one example.
Remember the four Chinese Uighur released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay? They were flown to Bermuda where they now reside under conditions that are better than any they might have imagined. The storyline cast the men as innocent victims of a military terrorist sweep in Afghanistan.
There are other Uighur detainees at Guantanamo ... for now, despite the fact that the Left is doing everything in its power to have them released and resettled elsewhere. (And despite the fact that the Obama administration, which no longer uses the words "war on terror" to describe the war on terror, seems intent on redefining those held at GITMO -- the better to make them seem nonthreatening. Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley recently referred to them as "refugees.") Last Tuesday, The Washington Post carried a story about two of them, brothers Bahtiyar Mahnut and Arkin Mahmud.
The Post story suggested that Mahnut and Mahmud were being held for no good reason and should be freed. Problem is most countries are hesitant about accepting the Uighur for fear of angering China. The Uighur, you see, are a Turkish ethnic group, Muslim Chinese nationalists, whom the Chinese government has labeled "terrorists." The South Pacific island of Palau, however, agreed to take Bahtiyar, but not his brother. In an apparent demonstration of Uighur "family values," Bahtiyar refused to leave without Arkin.
The Post's Web page features an embedded video of the brothers' lawyer, Elizabeth Gilson, who explains that the men just "ended up in Afghanistan," apparently like one might end up pregnant, without knowing how.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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