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The new Tarnak FarmsHot damn it’s a good thing the United States refused to allow “these Uighur characters” to resettle in Northern Virginia because, aside from all the terrorism they were planning to plan in your backyard, against you, they are shiftless beach bums who refuse to ever take jobs. You know those slobs who go on Spring Break during college but refuse to ever go back and just slum around the bars of South Padre Island for the rest of their lives, eating raw crawdaddies and roofie-ing wacky old lesbians for bloodsport? Well they are all Uighurs.

The New York Times, among others, has sent its most liberal reporters to Bermuda to check in on the four Uighurs who were sent there from Guantanamo last week, to resettle as “guest workers,” against Her Majesty Elizabeth Windsor’s royal objections. But no one is working. All they do is eat ice cream and catch dumb fish and go swimming in their tee shirts, like grandfathers.

In newly purchased polo shirts and chinos, the four husky men, members of a restive ethnic minority from western China, might blend in except for their scruffy beards. Smelling hibiscus flowers, luxuriating in the freedom to drift through scenic streets and harbors, they expressed wonder at their good fortune in landing here after a captivity that included more than a year in solitary confinement.

“I went swimming in the ocean for the first time ever yesterday, and it was the happiest day of my life,” said Salahidin Abdulahat, 32.

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Now they can play in the waters. Khaleel Mamut, 31, said he went fishing on a boat on Saturday and caught his first fish ever. “I was so excited,” he said. “You just drop the hook in the water and you get a fish.” Hearing that fishing did not always bring such quick results, one of the other men quipped that perhaps the fish were joining in Bermuda’s welcome.

Oh forget the gimmick. This just makes us happy. WE WANT A PET UIGHUR!

Out of Guantanamo, Uighurs bask in Bermuda [NYT]

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41 COMMENTS

  1. These guys were never a threat, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even the Bush administration admitted this.

    The way I see it, we’re lucky if all they want is to spend the rest of their lives on a tropical beach at our expense.

  2. That’s gotta be the weirdest lifestyle transition in history. For now I’m just happy that these guys aren’t completely messed up in the head after what we did to them.

  3. [re=338838]Crab1[/re]: I’d spend 7 years in jail if it would get me to Bermuda. Hell, I’d spend 7 years in jail if it would get me to Fresno.

  4. I’m going to buy Sims 3 for the express purpose of putting virtual Uighurs wherever the fuck bedwetting reactionary terrorphobes congregate.

  5. [re=338858]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Guantanodome: “Salahidin and Khaleel are here to save the world. But who’s gonna save the world from Salahidin and Khaleel?”

  6. I suspect this is a side effect of growing up under a repressive regime: one takes it as given that one will eventually be incarcerated at the government’s pleasure, and possibly even tortured and killed. What one does *not* ever plan for is that your captors will then ship you off to a tropical island to fish and splash around in the ocean.

  7. I’m surprised that Higgins is cool with letting them crash at his place—I thought for sure he’d make Rick and T.C. chopper ’em back to Gitmo. Should of known that Magnum would work everything out in the end…

  8. [re=338850]Udargo[/re]: hmmm, having lived in hell, otherwise known as Fresno, for seven years, I think that I have already done “7 years of tortorous, pointless incarceration.”

    I read the NYTimes article, complete w/numerous photos of said Uighurs. There was a quote about them “not resenting” the USA at all for their inconvenience of being jailed and tortured for no reason for 7 years. Either someone’s blowing smoke, or I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. I’m glad these dudes are now living large in a tropical paradise, but… ya gotta wonder if some of these “ex” prisoners don’t get mad about the “inconvenience.” Just saying… but prefer to set them free.

  9. [re=338833]NoWireHangers[/re]: so it’s all red stripe and rum, shrimp and jerk chicken for them now. I thought these were among the “worst of the worst” and the redcoats were going to hang them on Execution Dock in Ramsgate as a warning to the Somalis. Or something.

  10. [re=338858]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]:

    I was thinking this movie…
    “Red: [narrating] I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. “

  11. [re=338832]Hart88[/re]: Agreed. What was done to them was monstrous. Good for Bermuda, Palau, and Albania.

    My question is: if they were never a threat, why couldn’t they have stayed in/come to the U.S.? After what we did to them, the least we could have done is set them up with housing, jobs, and transition services somewhere here, though I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t want to stay in the land of guns, God (Christian only!), and Gingrich.

    Is the U.S. government assuming that seven years of unlawful imprisonment in a hellhole without cause or a chance to defend yourself might be enough to turn peaceable folks into terrorists against those who imprisoned them? Shoulda thought of that before you went around locking them up. Thanks a lot, Bushies.

  12. They should get a decent stipend/pension/guilt money for as many years as they were held captive. It should be delivered monthly by Dick Cheney who will beg thier forgiveness on his knees in downtown Hamilton. Once Cheney is no longer available the honor could be rotated among John Bolton, William Kristol and Richard Perle.

  13. Frolick, Uighurs, frolick!

    That article just made me weep with happiness. I’m taking my next vacation in Bermuda, dammit. You know, if I can ever afford a real vacation again.

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