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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Paradise in Guantanamo

Saudi born Taliban fighter says he likes Americans after spending time in.....Gitmo.

Abdul Hakim Bukhary was once ready to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. But the former holy warrior has told his American captors he now loves democracy — and that hardline Taliban fighters prompted his conversion.

Bukhary said that as he waited in a guest house in Afghanistan for the U.S. invasion to begin, he told his Taliban hosts that he admired Ahmed Shah Massood, a veteran of the war against the Soviet occupation and a rebel commander revered by many Afghans.

But Massood was an enemy of the Taliban who was killed days before the Sept. 11 attacks by a Taliban assassination squad posing as journalists. The Taliban disapproved of Bukhary's idle comment.

For saying that, they punished me. They bothered me. They beat me. They hit me very badly," Bukhary said at his hearing, according to the transcripts, released to The Associated Press late Friday.

The Taliban accused Bukhary of being a spy and threw him into prison in Kandahar, along with 1,600 other prisoners.

He said Guantanamo was better than the prison in Kandahar. He could eat. He could talk.

"Prisoners here are in paradise," he exclaimed. "American people are very good. Really. They give us three meals. Fruit juice and everything!"

Bukhary told the tribunal that, unlike the Taliban, the U.S. guards did not care if he talked.

"Prisoners here are in paradise," he exclaimed. "American people are very good. Really. They give us three meals. Fruit juice and everything!"

"I like to talk because I found that nobody bothers me. Nobody beats me. Nobody hits me," he said, adding: "About democracy. It is really good."

Arab and international MSM have a habit of interviewing prisoners who were released from Guantanamo, they treat them as if they just came back from the lowest pit in hell. Will they interview this man?

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