[Marxism] Letter from the US: Guantanamo hunger strikers chose death over injustice

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri May 3 01:20:20 MDT 2013

Facing a huge hunger strike by desperate prisoners at the US military base
in Guantanamo, Cuba, President Obama has acknowledged that the prison
should be shut down. He said the same thing more than four years ago when
he was running for his first term, but did nothing after he was elected.

In recent years, the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo has receded in
public consciousness in the US. The hunger strike, which began in February,
has begun to change that.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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