Closing Guantánamo


You are so off base on so many items in the May 9 editorial, The president and Guantánamo, that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Congress’ thwarting of the plan to move detainees to the mainland has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with no state wants to accept them. The hunger strike is about “mishandling” of the Quran. That is part and parcel of radical Islam’s problem — that a printed book containing holy ideas is worthy of killing over.

How do you accurately evaluate low level detainees when the recurring rate of offenses by released prisoners is well over 50 percent? How many innocent civilians do we just shrug off as collateral damage?

I would love to see Guantánamo closed, but only when a safe alternative is available.

Jeannette Graham, Coral Gables

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