Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Today, like many Christians, I pause between noon and 3:00 to remember the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. However, when I contemplate the crucified Jesus, I see the face of Guantánamo detainee #654.

An innocent shopkeeper, he was betrayed to the Northern Alliance by his neighbors for 5,000 pieces of silver and subsequently handed over to US forces. He was transported to Guatanámo Bay,where the members of his Combatant Status Review Tribunal washed their hands of him, though they found that he had committed no prosecutable offense.

His wrists and ankles bleed from the shackles that cut into his skin when his led from one part of Camp 6 to another. The biting pain in his side emanates from his liver, infected with hepatitis B. Afflicted with tuberculosis as well, yet denied proper medical attention, his cell has become his living tomb.

This Good Friday, the crucified Jesus has the face of Abdel Hamid Al-Ghizzawi.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Candles and Hope

It was raining this evening, the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, but we stood under the portico of the courthouse holding our candles. We sang a bit of Dona nobis pacem, and Everyone beneath his fig tree.

A few pro-victory group members stood at the edge of the curb waving huge American flags and holding "God bless America signs." I certainly wish God to bless our country, but I have trouble with the "USA #1" part.

Will the next President put his or her hope in international cooperation or in bombs?