This is our Guantanamo
For four years, Australia has tortured the men on Manus Island. They have been deprived and exploited. Some have been killed. More have killed themselves. Now they are abandoned. Their suffering has exceeded its political purpose.
This is our national shame. It is evil. It is inhumanity on an industrial scale, calculated and appalling.
These men have been ruined by Australia and now they are to be forgotten. They are the living ghosts of a policy murderous in its cynicism.
This is our Guantanamo. We know who is guilty, but it is all of us who are responsible.
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This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Nov 4, 2017 as "This is our Guantanamo". Subscribe here.