Friday, June 17, 2005

Durbin Flunks History

This week, Sen. Dick Durban (D-Ill.) said on the Senate floor:
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
Obviously, Durbin completely lacks perspective. The Nazis killed 6 million Jews for being Jewish. The Soviets imprisoned at least 20 or 30 million in the gulags and killed 2 or 3 million for having a dissident view. Pol Pot killed 2 or 3 million of his countrymen in Cambodia for crimes such as wearing glasses, a sign of the learned classes. A movie, "The Killing Fields", was made about one man's escape from Pol Pot's Cambodia. The title tells you all you need to know about Pol Pot. The Guantanamo interrogators have killed no one.

What the Guantanamo interrogators did, even the very worst that anyone believes they did, does not begin to compare with what was done by the Nazis, the Soviets in their gulags, and Pol Pot. To say otherwise, as Durbin did, shows a complete lack of any historical perspective or a total absence of knowledge of history.

Durbin refused to apologize to America's military after his remarks created an uproar. Apparently, Durbin lacks class, too.


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