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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Blind Journalists

'American Gulag': "IT'S ALWAYS SAD when a solid, trustworthy institution loses its bearings and joins in the partisan fracas that nowadays passes for political discourse."
For example, the Washington Post. The Post has chosen today to vent its spleen at the messenger instead of investigating and reporting on the message. The fact is that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is a contravention of our principles and our laws. It is only possible to justify it if you make a distinction about human rights that allows for certain classes of people to be excluded. The fact is that only in this country are the atrocities of this administration allowed any quarter. And if any other country even attempted them, we would jump up with righteous indignation. The objection seems to be that the use of the word "gulag" is reminiscent of Soviet prisons and gives Bu$hco another excuse to dismiss criticism. Could it be that Amnesty International does see a comparison to the Soviet prisons? And really, it is hardly as if Bu$hco is lacking in excuses. They create excuses out of whole cloth when they feel the need. One had expected more from this editorial board than a defensive attack on semantics.

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