Uighurs resisting move to Palau

posted at 10:00 am on June 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

What if you threw a South Pacific beach party, and no one wanted to come?

After the Obama administration took heat over their deal with Palau to offload a baker’s dozen of trained terrorists, it turns out that the terrorists have standards, too.  Fox News reports that the remaining 13 Uighurs in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have turned up their noses at a move to a tropical island.  Mostly, they just don’t want to get stuck on an island with no other Muslims and no way to get out:

The Obama administration’s drive to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has hit a new snag: At least some of the 13 detainees accepted for resettlement by the island nation of Palau don’t want to go there. …

The Obama administration official said the Palauans understand the U.S.—which subsidizes Palau’s economy and oversees its defense—is under pressure to transfer detainees. The official said they have concerns about the lack of a Uighur community in Palau, and restrictions on becoming a citizen there.

George Clarke, a Washington lawyer who represents two Uighurs cleared for release, said his clients “are both very interested in getting out of Guantanamo and they are very open to the idea of going to Palau.” But other Uighurs aren’t interested in transfer to the islands, he said. “There’s a difference of opinion,” he said.

Palau has no Muslim community, and the majority of residents are Roman Catholic. Clarke said his clients are particularly concerned about the legal status they would hold on Palau, and whether they could obtain documentation such as a passport [emphasis mine- Ed].

Getting a passport would allow them to travel the world — including places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they could rejoin the comrades with whom they trained in Tora Bora.  A passport would also allow them to travel back into Western countries, either to live in peace or to carry out the kinds of attacks they learned from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.  Their lack of enthusiasm for a life of relative leisure on a tourist destination like Palau seems to indicate that they still have some of their previous ambitions in life.

Meanwhile, Bermuda still roils over the decision to air-drop four terrorists onto their tarmac.  The Bermuda government still faces a no-confidence vote, and the Brits have not yet decided whether they will allow the Uighurs to stay.  Protests continue, and the possibility still exists that the Obama administration may need to accept the return of the four released detainees.  If Bermuda keeps them, the same questions about travel and passports will arise there as well.

Smart power.


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Dont Worry Al Sparpton and WIlliam Delahunt ride in to save the day for Gitmo detainees !

The left and terrorists working together ? Who would think that would happen ?

William Amos on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Change…
happens every day…
every hour..

Skandia Recluse on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

You have to admit that this is funny.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

What a complete mess.

AnninCA on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

William Amos on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Lawsuit anyone?

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Obviously, Palau is too close to China.

OldEnglish on June 20, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Is there anyone in the Obama administration who has any common sense?

Johan Klaus on June 20, 2009 at 10:10 AM

How about we keep the Uighurs in Gitmo and Obama gives me a two month, all expenses paid vacation on Palau? I want to be flown on Air Force One and I want to be watched over by the two best trained Marines we have.

In exchange, I will not use the internet to pick on Obama for the whole two months I am scuba diving and fishing.

myrenovations on June 20, 2009 at 10:11 AM

George Clarke

Trash. Can we send this guy to Palau?

amkun on June 20, 2009 at 10:11 AM

That Bermudan pink sand will spoil you.

Fletch54 on June 20, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Are we running a democratic form of concentration camp at Gitmo? I’m sure if they go to Palau they could find some gullible Palauvians to convert to Islam. Misery loves company.

Kissmygrits on June 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

If the Uighurs stay at Gitmo, does Palau still get to keep the money?

Tommy_G on June 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

myrenovations on June 20, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Sounds fair to me.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM

All Bush’s fault.

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Palau… weren’t we going to pay them to take the Uighurs?

Of course, China wants to pay them too… to get the Uighurs… that is a double-win for Palau and gets terrorists to the people they were terrorizing.

So, yes, off to Palau with them… one quick change of planes two deposits of cash and terrorists yielded up to a country that wants them. It pays to be the middleman, obviously, the ‘fixer’, the ‘arranger’… Chicago Politics style.

ajacksonian on June 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Maybe, they just want some Uighur chicks [Uiggies] on Palau? Even a terrorist gets lonely sometimes.

Blake on June 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Compare what these torture”victims” look like to the picture of McCain when he was released from the Hanoi Hilton.We should all get this kind of torture.

pistolpetestoys on June 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Just curious, but have we already paid Palau?

Ah well, what’s another 200mil down the drain.

amkun on June 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Another day, another fail. No surprise.

txag92 on June 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Who was the pundit-nut the other day who praised obammy for taking quick action on everything while ignoring the fact that he has to back track on just about every action he takes?

Blake on June 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

You have to admit that this is funny.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Yeah….

Biden: Who’s on Palau?

Obama: Yes, Who’s on Palau.

Biden: That’s what I’m ASKing ya’, who’s on Palau?

SNL should invite O and Joe to do this skit as a vignette to show just how far American comedy has come in 60 years.

* If you really need to laugh, compare how the comedic genius of the original contrasts to the stubborn ignorance of the Obama administration.

Saltysam on June 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Blake on June 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

That could have been anyone on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc. They all spew the same talking points/BS.

txag92 on June 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Too close to China!

BERMUDA OR BUST!

profitsbeard on June 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Who in the h-ll would even consider giving these people passports?

txag92 on June 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Make them an Uighar flag and give ‘em a rowboat.

Limerick on June 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Ok. How about we “pull” the trigger and they say “ow”. If they have time to.

LibTired on June 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Yes, when I read it to the gang this AM, guffawing could be heard here and there.

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Smart power my azz. This is moron power.

Griz on June 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Maybe I can go to Palau? Looks as if they have room.

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM

particularly concerned about the legal status they would hold on Palau, and whether they could obtain documentation such as a passport,

Yeah , and these guys thought all this up on their own…. lol, lawyers draggin it out for one thing, the only thing they are concerned with. hint: it isn’t tuna salad.
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

ajmontana on June 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

They’re really anxious to leave the oppressive atmosphere of Gitmo.

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Smart power my azz. This is moron power.

Griz on June 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

As a member of the AOSHQ commentariat, I reject your assertion. Even we morons are not THIS stupid.

Fallen Sparrow on June 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

they just want to eat their waffles

the Coondawg on June 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

profitsbeard on June 20, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Yeah, I’m calling no fair, what did those other three have that the rest of the Uighurs don’t? The faster The Won tries to close GITMO down the more he looks like an idiot. Faster, please.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:50 AM

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Who’s the gang?

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:51 AM
This AM it consists of my husband, one son, one grandaughter, a neighbor and her daughter. And..not all of these could be described as conservatives.

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Sounds like fun. The non-conservatives are just going to have to get a sense of humor, how is this not funny to everybody?

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM

It would be a shame if things didn’t work out for the 13, maybe the Brits could have direct negotiations with the government of Palau for the transfer of the Bermudian Uighurs. Isn’t that how things work now?

Memnon on June 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

These idiots should have been transferred to a regime somewhere where they would be quietly killed. What a bunch of nonsense. I can’t believe the last remaining superpower is wringing its hands over a few terrorists. Send them to my area, let them live in Detroit. They will be killed within a few weeks.

echosyst on June 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM

echosyst on June 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I don’t get it either, if their crimes are against China, then that where they need to go. I wouldn’t want Pakistan to try to shop Bin Laden around so the U.S. wouldn’t hurt him.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Since Obama has already evidenced little empathy for the struggling Iranians, he may as well drop all pretenses of worry about the fate of a few terrorist trained Uighurs.

Since getting stuck in Palau is not acceptable, I have only three words to say.
Back. To. China.

marybel on June 20, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Passports. Lovely.

fireweednectar on June 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Passports. Lovely.

fireweednectar on June 20, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I’m sure we’ll put all their names on a watch list. Our watch lists have never failed us….

myrenovations on June 20, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Quagmire!!!

dont taze me bro on June 20, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I’d be more than happy to take the place of one of the Uighurs…with a small portion of that $200 million, of course, and settle in Palau in their place.

Palau…call me, ‘K?

coldwarrior on June 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

All Bush’s fault.

Smart power baby! And don’t you forget it. All you detractors are deranged. Obambi and Biden are walking in lockstep to lead this nation into hope and change. Remember – we are the ones we’ve been waiting for! The adults are in charge now so sit back relax, pop some popcorn and all your problems will drift away as America retakes her rightful place in the world.

johnnybgood on June 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Consider this if you need to test ANYTHING: for instance, can it be broken, screwed-up or generally rendered unusable.

“Give it to Barak” to administer.

Yoop on June 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM

johnnybgood on June 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM

WordPress must be playing up again. It’s not showing sarc tags.

OldEnglish on June 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Send them to Nantucket. It’s an island. Multi-culti. And I’m sure the residents would be happy to adopt Sharia law out of deference to the sensitivities of their new Muslim neighbors. Maybe Habitat for Humanity will build them a Mosque!

guntotinglibertarian on June 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

How exactly would they get a passport, unless it was given to them free? U.S. passports cost around $100, and I doubt these bearded fanatics have bank accounts. They might, however, if they stopped by any Bank of America branck, who’ll open an account for anyone as long as they’re breathing, no documentation other than maybe a note from your mother required. ALSO-HOW will these guys exist? Do American taxpayers get the privilege of supporting them for the rest of their lives? I still say issuing them bathing suits and a map of the Pacific and pointing them out to sea is the best idea. Chum the waters liberally.

bradley11 on June 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

marybel—-Obama only empathizes with those who want to destoy the U.S.,not those who might want to emulate it.

DDT on June 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

They can never become citizens of Palau because you must have Palauian blood to become a citizen. Given the supremist nature of Islam that is too delicious. That is the main reason they would not be able to obtain a passport so they could never leave Palau. If its any comfort to the Uighurs the citizens of Palau do not want them either. The Uighurs do have the choice to return to the one country that does want them China.

Hera on June 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

I think the dating opportunities for the fundie islamic Uighurs on Palau would be, shall we say, extremely limited.

Slightly OT, but does Palau have goats?

Cicero43 on June 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Oh they don’t want to go? Well then stop everything, because we must not offend these detainees. What a farce! Obama really is “maliciously incompetent” (per Ed).

Oh and then there’s the story of what detainees do when released.

Christian Conservative on June 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Who in the h-ll would even consider giving these people passports?

txag92 on June 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Obama.

AZCoyote on June 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Hey Lord of the Flies, send me, I’ll go.

Daggett on June 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM

CLOSE PALAU!!!

DarkKnight3565 on June 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Is there anyone in the Obama administration who has any common sense?

Johan Klaus on June 20, 2009 at 10:10 AM

No.

jana on June 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Oh, I’d love to be a Barack Obama Uighur,
That is what I’d really love to be-e-e-e.
Cause if I was a Barack Obama Uighur,
Everyone would be in love with me.

PatMac on June 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

CLOSE PALAU!!!

DarkKnight3565 on June 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Heh.

Saltysam on June 20, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Slightly OT, but does Palau have goats?

Cicero43 on June 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Some goats, but lots of pigs.

Palau:

“Livestock is limited to pigs, chickens, ducks, cattle, and goats. Pigs and chickens are raised by most households. Several small commercial egg-producing operations supply eggs to the Koror market. The Livestock Branch of the Division of Agriculture maintains breeding herds of pigs, cattle, and goats.”

Yoop on June 20, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Maybe, they just want some Uighur chicks [Uiggies] on Palau? Even a terrorist gets lonely sometimes.

Blake on June 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

They can always go for their 72 virgins if they get lonely.

ss396 on June 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM

The Uighurs’ resisting a move to Palau is just more of them waging the jihad. Word is several of them are hardcore jihadists, despite the foolish conclusion by a CSRT that they pose no threat to the U.S., on the Chinese. Obama will just have to order the expulsion of all Chinese diplomats and businesspeople in the U.S. so no American ends up collateral damage; otherwise, it will take thousands of full-time agents to protect the potential targets as we’d be violating the Uighurs’ civil rights by following around “innocent” people. Smart power is a perfect way to put it.

Sergeant Tim on June 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Their lack of enthusiasm for a life of relative leisure on a tourist destination like Palau seems to indicate that they still have some of their previous ambitions in life death.

Fixed.

Maquis on June 20, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Yeah, but the difference here is that the guys in Bermuda seem to be thrilled to be there. They claim to have no intention of leaving and want to start a life in Bermuda.

Having said that, from my research on Palau, there is around 500 Muslim citizens of Palau out of a total population of roughly 20,000 people.

jonezee on June 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM

And yet comedians still can’t find anything funny about the Obama Administration. No matter how hard they look, there is simply nothing mock-worthy about this Administration or its policies.

Amazing.

cruadin on June 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I say, give the Uighurs 13 inflatable tires and point them Palau’s direction.

yoda on June 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Obama’s man child naivety is just breathtakingly astonishing. He is such an incompetent baffoon. I have zero respect for this idiot in charge of our country. He stepped in this mess right away early in his Presidency. He could have waited a few weeks to get some briefings from the experts and avoided this embarrassment. What an ass.

karenhasfreedom on June 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Reminds me of odyssey of the New York City garbage barge back in the ’80s.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Reminds me of odyssey of the New York City garbage barge back in the ’80s.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, just like Futurama‘s garbage ball in space.

Maquis on June 20, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Can ANYONE explain why they even have a choice?

desertdweller on June 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Can ANYONE explain why they even have a choice?

desertdweller on June 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Nope. Barmy wants it, so enjoy the show.

ss396 on June 20, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Much too dangerous to put them on the streets of detroit or chicago. Just not safe.

seven on June 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Set them down in front of one of those web pages which has a bunch of must-choose-one radio buttons, and let the default be “return to Xinjiang” and the other choice be “relocation to Palau”, and let’s see which one they choose.

As for us Latin Rite Catholics not being nice neighbors, why should they be afraid of us adherents of the True Faith? We are a veritable mountain of Christians created to grease their jihad — for doesn’t jihad mean “struggle” and what better kind of struggle than to have to defend your faith to a majority of nonbelievers who also happen to have strong religious feelings?

unclesmrgol on June 20, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Is the going rate per Weegur still 12 million or has it gone up?

jeanie on June 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

So much for accusations of torture at Gitmo. If we were really torturing people there, these Uighur would be willing to hop a space shuttle to the moon instead of staying another minute at Gitmo. I guess when you’re living good and getting fat as ticks, you can be picky about your luxury accommodations.

mizflame98 on June 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

May I please change my log-in name to WeegurInASpeedo”?

Please?

guntotinglibertarian on June 20, 2009 at 11:01 PM

Gitmo is a prison so beastly cruel that spoiled convicts refuse to leave it for a spa in the sun.Maybe they’ll missed their glazed duck a l’orange and chocolate mousse. Only in America do we treat enemy terrorists better than our own citizens. What happened to the days when non-uniformed combatants were unceremoniously lined up against a tree and shot?

MaiDee on June 21, 2009 at 6:57 AM

My brain just hurts reading this stuff. We used to summarily execute spies found on the battlefield. No we coddle them. America is done for if we vote for complete morons like b-ho.

Mojave Mark on June 21, 2009 at 10:26 AM

“Palau has no Muslim community, and the majority of residents are Roman Catholic.”

Let’s see. A beautiful South Pacific island paradise. No Muslims, lots of Catholics. Fishing? Probably.

And all I gotta do to get a free trip there is to commit an act of terrorism and get a bunch of liberal fancy pants lawyers to take my case to the Supreme’s? I am SO there.

I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair,
I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair,
And send him on his way

PD Quig on June 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM

PatMac on June 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Brilliant comment. I am not worthy.

PD Quig on June 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I’ve heard about an empty mansion in Chicago that Tony Risco helped purchased not long ago. Put him there and let Bill Ayers and God D— America Wright form the welcome committee.

bluegrass on June 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I have two choices for them

7.62mm or 50 cal. Cuts down on the paperwork.

dthorny on June 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Would North Korea take them? I understand thats one of the top vacation spots in the world.

garydt on June 21, 2009 at 10:19 PM

I think the end game here for Obama is to give Guantanamo and camp Delta back to Cuba. What do you think coldwarrior?

Jonnybgood-Obambi and Biden are walking in lockstep to lead this nation into hope and change. communist hell on earth

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 5:44 AM

I have two choices for them

7.62mm or 50 cal. Cuts down on the paperwork.

dthorny on June 21, 2009 at 12:44 PM

The send a bill for the bullet to the family,like our friends and “America’s Banker” , the Chinese do.

Jeff from WI on June 22, 2009 at 7:07 AM