Saturday, December 13, 2008

Way to be, Portugal

Sticking with the European theme: I wrote here about the complications caused by Obama's eagerness to close down Guantanamo Bay - the major problem being no place to put non-dangerous detainees whose lives were threatened in their home countries. The US was receiving very little help solving this problem, especially from the EU. Until now. Portugal seized advantage of its chance to make itself globally relevant and decided to offer asylum to some of the cleared detainees. They also wrote a letter to the EU urging others to follow its lead. Hopefully this is the first step towards fully dedicated EU aid regarding the Guantanamo problem. If so, then the negative consequences of closing Gitmo are drastically reduced. It would go a long way towards a very peaceful, problem-less transfer of power. Thank you, Portugal. I always knew you'd come through.