Now that United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that the U.S. should close its detention facility for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, I’m just wondering if he also has asked China, Cuba, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe and other nations which incarcerate and torture political opponents to close down their detention facilities.
UPDATE: I had wanted to maintain the terseness of this post because, as I tend to write rather lengthy pieces, I was delighted that a number of people complimented me on saying so much in so few words. But, after returning from a pleasant dinner with a friend (and seeing the delightful movie The Matador), I decided to do a few google searches to see if I could find out if Mr. Annan had called for closing down any prisons in the tyrannies mentioned above. While I found evidence of torture in an Iranian prison, I could only find one piece of evidence that the United Nations Secretary General spoke out on Iranian prisons–he had written a letter to Iranian President Ahmadinejad asking him to release imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji (but not to close down the prison where he was held). I have as yet found no evidence that he asked Iran to close down any of its prisons.
If you have information that Annan has requested that prisons in Iran, North Korea or any other non-Western nation be closed, please e-mail me so I can update this post accordingly.
UP-UPDATE: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that desipte what Kofi says, “The Pentagon will not close its Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects.” Calling the Secretary-General “just flat wrong,” the Defense Secretary said that the facility “is being run as well as any detention facility can be run” and that the prisoners have been “trained to lie” (Via: Lorie Byrd at Polipundit).
UP-UP-UPDATE: Deroy Murdock shows why Kofi is wrong and why we should not close the facility at Guantanamo Bay. He points out that when released, a number of former Gitmo detainees, returned to violence, some taking up arms against the U.S. So, instead of having me summarize the piece, just read the whole thing!