Does Berkeley Hate America?

Categories: Politics, WTF?
It pains us, Dear Reader, to ask the question. We like Berkeley. It has nice fruit trees and bright college students. But ask we must, because the Berkeley City Council has given us no choice.

I mean, come on. When you schedule votes on two resolutions -- one supporting alleged Wikileaker Bradley Manning, the other inviting former Guantanamo Bay inmates to live in Berkeley -- at the same meeting next Tuesday, what kind of message are you trying to send?

It is no consolation -- none -- that our East Bay neighbors are probably right. Reports have surfaced that Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army private believed to have leaked a large cache of classified documents, is being held in atrocious conditions tantamount to torture.

It's only reasonable to argue, as the first resolution does, that he should not be subject to "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment" while being held in the brig at Quantico. The legislation has been toned down considerably from its original form, which called Manning a "hero" and offered him a key to the city.

Same goes for those Guantanamo inmates. The invitations would be extended to a chef and ballet dancer who are among 38 inmates exonerated of any crimes. The opportunity to shop at the Berkeley Bowl seems small recompense indeed for illegal detention at a notorious military camp.

But we doubt Bill O'Reilly will see the reasonableness of these legislative initiatives when he tees Berkeley up in the No Spin Zone.

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Enrique Mantala
Enrique Mantala

Typical pointless gestures that are only intended to appease liberal guilt. These people live in one of the most affluent and exclusive communities in the world, but like to think they are in solidarity with the poor, oppressed, and victimized.

If they really cared, they'd get off their butts and do something, not pass pointless resolutions that accomplish nothing. Typical academics-- Live comfortably under the system they thumb their noses at.

They need to stop congratulating themselves for their wonderful intentions and do something that will make a difference in the real world.

Perhaps if they spent more time as custodians of their local community, rather than trying to get airtime with Bill O., they would have something to be proud of. Frankly, these guys and right-wing nuts deserve each other. I have no time for either of them.

No Creo
No Creo

And your point is...

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