Uighurs, Secrets, Cronies and Pals
By: Patti Bankson
How â€˜bout them Uighurs! (Pronounced: we-grrrrs, in case you care.) They sought, and received, training in the East Turkestan Islamic Movementâ€™s paramilitary camps. Uh, huhâ€¦ thatâ€™s that al-Qaeda affiliate that has been officially designated by the U.S., under U.S. law, as a terrorist organization. They trained to be terrorists, fought against Coalition forces and, were captured by coalition forces after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Thatâ€™s how they ended up doing â€œhard timeâ€ (Ha!) at Guantanamo Bay. Now that itâ€™s been determined that they should be freed, the poor terrorists canâ€™t go home, â€˜cause Chinaâ€™s their home and China might just really treat them like terrorists. They might hurt them, or something worse. So, we (the U.S.) have found them a new homeâ€¦ in Bermuda. Spiffy pink cottage to live in over-looking pink sands, aquamarine seas, clear blue skies up aboveâ€¦ Not only is their new home looking good, they look pretty darned good themselves. Have you seen the footage of them? Theyâ€™re healthy, with quite a bit more meat on their bones, Iâ€™m sure, than they had when they were skulking around in the Afghanistan mountains. Good looking, white teeth. Big smiles. Iâ€™m guessing the guys left behind are green with envy! Of course, reallyâ€¦ What do they have to complain about at Gitmo? I mean, beachside digs in tropical Cubaâ€¦ food cooked to their (religious) specificationsâ€¦ lots of free time to read and protest with other Gitmo terroristasâ€¦ perhaps even plot more murder and mayhemâ€¦ what more could a terrorist want? Except maybe the freedom the Uighurs in Bermuda have to wander freely around their new paradise, eating ice cream and stuffâ€¦
But their happiness has caused quite a bit of consternation in the British government. Bermuda is a British Colony, you know. The consternation comes from the fact that the government in Bermuda has had its head together with whomever in our government working out this plan to accept the Uighurs without consulting the British governmentâ€¦ they plotted behind their backs. Can you imagine a government doing something like that? Conspiring in secretâ€¦. The left hand not telling the right hand what itâ€™s doing? You canâ€™t? Wow. It goes on every day in our own nationâ€™s capitol. Somebody climbs up behind a podium and gives us the news of the day. Not the whole news, of course. The whole news is available to the â€œPeopleâ€ on a need-to-know basis, and it seems we pretty much donâ€™t need to knowâ€¦ wellâ€¦ anything. Like this administration has done from day one, plans are made, people and pawns put into place, private and personal agendas are executed quietly, then, like the British government, we learn about it bit, by bit, by bitâ€¦ after itâ€™s a leeeeetle late to change anything. Of course, they donâ€™t think any change is needed. They really do think they know more than we do, and know better than we do whatâ€™s best for us. Like all parents of two-year olds do.
Unfortunately, their plans for us donâ€™t include blue skies, aquamarine seas, pink sand and cottages. Nope. Their plans for us only include greenâ€¦ as in money. Ours to earn. Theirs to take and spend. To take care of slackers, Uighurs, political backers, cronies and pals.
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