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June 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guantánamo Uighurs

Invite Guantánamo detainees here

I have been following the story of the Gitmo Uighurs [“Official: Gitmo Uighurs reluctant to move to Palau,” seattletimes.com, Nation & World, June 17]. What an embarrassment for the United States. Is Congress so cowardly that a few loudmouth thugs like Rush Limbaugh can push it around?

According to everyone associated with this issue, the Uighurs pose no security threat, yet the leaders of the free world, the 100 most powerful people on the planet, tremble at the thought of actually welcoming them into our communities.

Now, I can see how a bunch of good-old-boys in Virginia might be terrified of a couple of Guantánamo detainees traveling about freely in their neck of the woods. I can imagine the angst they must feel about maybe having to stand in the same line with them at KFC or Safeway. But the people of Washington state don’t seem to be hiding in their basements in horror of those who are little different.

Why don’t our vaunted senators be real leaders and invite them to settle here? Even with the high unemployment rate, I am sure we can find some meaningful work for them here.

Really, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if the released prisoners came to Washington state. In fact, I think we might feel a little pride in doing our share in righting this horrible wrong committed by the Bush administration.

Our senators aren’t doing themselves any favors by cowering with the rest of the Senate.

— Art Valla, Kenmore

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