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Flying Solo?

Unless I have missed dissent placed elsewhere, I wonder why I feel like the only one expressing disbelief that two US Congressmen are demanding two Uighur fighters captured in Afghanistan be freed - in the United States. Not moved for trials. Freed.

An uneasy feeling continues to grip me as the nature of our domestic political climate continues to careen onward in a self-destructive path, evidenced in many ways, great and small. I will save the dark commentary in hopes that I will wake one day soon to realize that my optimist nature really hasn't been beaten into submission.

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Maybe the two congressmen should be freed (and not moved for trial) in Helmand (and still in their suits, why not).

The UK courts have let terrorists remain free in the UK because they may get tortured if they get deported.

These Uyghurs were not fighting against the United States at all- they are pro-United States, as are the vast majority of Uyghurs. They had fled China and ended up in Afghanistan- one of the few places persecuted Uyghurs can flee to from Xinjiang. Please see this report: http://uhrp.org/articles/528/1/Political-persecution-of-Uyghurs-in-the-era-of-the-war-on-terror-/index.html
and this website: www.uhrp.org. If you live in Washington, please come to visit the Uyghur American Association.

Weeger, I don't think anyone is contesting what you say. The fact is that those detained should face some form of normal trial to ascertain their intentions in Afghanistan, and their suitability for release in the US. This has obviously been long overdue.The problem, as davod's feedback seems to coincide with, is how to arrange for refugees (however they came to be so) who have no other safe haven, but may also pose a risk. Add to this the political manipulations from various sides and it is no surprise that few are willing to openly accept responsibility. It should be a fair and well thought out procedure that judges (which would be difficult due to the obstacles of verifying testimony mostly originating from inaccessible sources abroad, as would the need to expose mistreatment at the hands of another country, which current policy seems geared to avoid).