Letter of the Day: American foie gras
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.
American foie gras
EDITOR: Force-feeding shackled prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison during their hunger strike amounts to a new form of torture, compliments of the U.S. government.
As a nurse, I am sometimes called upon to do unpleasant things in the name of healing. Anyone who has had a tube passed through their nose to their stomach, or anyone who has had to do it, knows that it can be a bloody, painful process. At Guantanamo Bay, it is being done three times a day to feed the 100-plus prisoners on a political hunger strike to protest their legal limbo.
The force-feeding is not meant to promote healing but to save the U.S. the embarrassment and shame of having more prisoners die at Guantanamo Bay. Force-feeding doesn’t solve the problem and appears to me to be a violation of human rights.
A hunger strike is a powerful tool for social action. Gandhi was not force fed by British authorities in India, and he caused social change that improved humanity. Give the detainees fair trials. Guantanamo needs to be closed today.
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