A smash in London, Guantanamo: “Honor Bound to Defend Freedom” arrived at 45 Bleecker Theater just in time for the Republican Convention. It’s about those detained in the “‘so-called’ war on terror” (as Canada’s CBC likes to call it), and its program is dense with helpful background information: Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, we’re told, “exists as a result of what one might call the first phase of outward U.S. imperialism, as opposed to inward imperialism, the so-called manifest destiny under which the United States conquered much of North America.”

Let’s hold it there for a moment. The Guantanamo detentions have certainly disquieted large numbers of people, not all of them on the left. In Britain, the first pictures of the prisoners arriving in Cuba marked the point at which many nominally conservative commentators...


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