Sunday, June 05, 2005

Amnesty International sunk to a new low when it called Guantanamo Bay prison a "gulag," comparing the treatment of prisoners by our armed forces to that of criminal dictators in places like Saddam's Iraq. Either these people are completely politically motivated, or they are completely unable to put right vs. wrong into a meaningful hierarchy. I believe it's both.

To adequately present their side of things, I will quote AI's own words, as reprinted by left-wing-mouthpiece the New York Times:

"The issue of the gulag is about policies and practices," she said. "You put people beyond the reach of law, you locate them in facilities where families can't access them, you deny them access to legal representation, you attempt to prevent judicial review."

Huh? I've never been to a gulag, but I did read Solzhenitsyn's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," which he wrote based on his own memories of being in an actual gulag in the USSR. Among the differences between that gulag and our "gulag" were that the one in the USSR had the objective of WORKING PEOPLE TO DEATH. Probably the last thing a prisoner was worried about in a real gulag was whether he had "judicial review" or "access to legal representation" as part of the "policies and practices" of the prison. No, he was worried about only one thing: STAYING ALIVE. That was about it.

What are the prisoners at Gitmo worried about? Whether a Quoran gets too close to the toilet. Something tells me that the people in a real gulag would have bigger worries than this. It's probably a pretty safe assumption that no one in a real gulag ever had a Quoran, too.

Comparing Gitmo to a gulag is like comparing bad food in the county jail to being starved to death in a concentration camp. It's just that stupid.

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