Published June 01, 2009
America is twice as bad as the Nazis -- that was the harsh accusation by the Chinese Muslims, also known as the Uyghurs, held at Guantanamo Bay.
The 17 men were picked up in the training camps in Afghanistan where they were preparing for Jihad against China. They were cleared for release, in part, because their supporters claim the United States is not their direct enemy.
Late Monday afternoon, during a tour for a small group of journalists -- FOX News was the only American television network there -- the Uyghurs set into motion a plan to communicate to the outside world. And the message to the U.S., where the Obama administration hopes to bring some of the Uyghurs, was not only harsh but accusatory.
At their home, a separate camp from the others called "Camp Iguana," a small group approached the metal fence with an art pad. The men slowly turned the pages so that we could film each one.
Their statements were in English. They accuse the U.S. of the same oppression they experienced at the hands of the Chinese. The U.S. is even compared to the Nazis -- "America is Double Hetler (Hitler) in unjustice," one read. Another read "now we are being oppressed in America for the second time."
The other statements from their art pad, paid for by the U.S. government, are below:
"we need to freedom"
"where is the justice"
"we need to freedom. Do not oppress us"
"what is the difference between Democracy and Communist"
"America with Chinese Government are oppressing us"
"America is Double Hetler (sic Hitler) in unjustice (sic injustice)"
"What is the difference of the Democracy and Communist"
"America destroys human rights by oppressing innocent people in the jail"
"we need to freedom"
"we are being held in prison though we had been announced innocent according to the verdict (verdict) of the Court"
Then, unsolicited, the two Uyghurs began speaking English. One asked, "Obama is a communist or a democrat? We have same operation in China."
There appears little doubt the Uyghurs statements will complicate the administration's efforts to find them a home.