Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Palau Scuba Diving Tourists Undeterred by Gitmo Detainees

The small island nation of Palau has made headlines as of late, after agreeing to absorb a group of Uighurs — Turkic Muslims from China's far western Xinjiang region — as part of the Obama administration's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

This article attempts to suggest, at least anecdotaly, that scuba diving tourists are not deterred by their presence.

Palau can probably stop worrying that the expected arrival of 13 Guantanamo detainees might scare off tourists.

The diving is just too spectacular.

Visitors to the remote Pacific nation famous for its tropical waters, dramatic coral and rich marine life said Thursday that they've discovered the best diving of their lives here and that nothing — even a group once branded as possible terrorists — could keep them away.

"It doesn't affect my decision at all," said Bruce Paggeot, 43, an American currently living in Singapore. "I'm sure the last thing (the Guantanamo detainees) want to do is cause problems."

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Let's hope -- for everyone's sake -- that Mr. Paggeot is correct in his assumption.

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