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The Balance of Power

Posted by zaphriel on June 5, 2005

Hey a new and surprising post is up at the Balance of Power, I encourage everybody to go and put in their two cents worth. It is amazing to me how a balanced crew (2 liberals, 2 conservatives and a libertarian and guests) can agree as much as we do. You really should check it out.

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Well, We Don’t Know for SURE It’s A Gulag…

Posted by Mark on June 5, 2005

So here’s what Amnesty International Doesn’t know:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn’t “know for sure” that the military is running a “gulag.”

Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.

Schulz recently dubbed Rumsfeld an “apparent high-level architect of torture” in asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated international law.

“It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea,” Schulz told “Fox News Sunday.”

And here’s what they do know:

Asked about the comparison, Schulz said, “Clearly this is not an exact or a literal analogy.”

“… But there are some similarities. The United States is maintaining an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared … And in some cases, at least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and even killed.”

“And whether the Americans like it or not, it does reflect how the more than 2 million Amnesty members in a hundred countries around the world and indeed the vast majority of those countries feel about the United States’ detention policy,” he said.

Biden added: “More Americans are in jeopardy as a consequence of the perception that exists worldwide with its existence than if there were no (Guantanamo).”

In order to believe Amnesty International, you must believe that American servicemen are systematically torturing political dissidents. These same servicemen, some of them reservists, are sadistic bastards, intent on doing as much physical, emotional, and spiritual harm to innocent men who just happen to have had guns in their hands when captured.

Oh, I can hear you thinking, “Abu Ghraib! Abu Ghraib!” The key word is systematic. No matter how much you may want to think it, Abu Ghraib was not systematic, nor was it an eevv-illl conspiracy of the Bush Administration. But regardless of your feelings about the Bush Administration, you must believe that the spirit of Abu Ghraib rests in our military men and women. Amnesty is accusing American servicemen of sadism on a grand scale. These same servicemen who may be your local attorney, policeman, or former classmate from school. Can you imagine the man or woman you know personally engaging in the kind of thing Amnesty is now “not so sure of?”

One last thing: Who blew the whistle on Abu Ghraib? Was it an enterprising journalist? A modern day Woodward/Bernstein with his very own Deep Throat? Nope. It was an American Soldier, sickened by the abuses of a few of his comrades.

Who do you think is promoting this “perception” of Guantanamo? And who stands to gain from promoting the “perception” that American Soldiers are sadistic, evil inhumans?

The Gulag Archepelago was written in the blood of its author and his cellmates. In order to believe Amnesty International, one must believe that The United States is like The Soviet Union in its love of institutional evil. Do you believe that? Well, do you?

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