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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Amnesty Ignoramuses

You can blow off the recent comparison by Amnesty International of our Guantanamo prison with Soviet gulags as just another left-wing smear of America. But that organization, as bastardized as so many originally above-board agencies that are now demeaned by its modern day ideologues, carries some weight in the world of public opinion (mostly due to name recognition). And our MSM repeats without critical analysis those charges.

Dennis Byrne wrote some compelling thoughts on the subject on Memorial Day. He wrote:

By labeling the U.S. anti-terrorism prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the "gulag of our times," the people of Amnesty International must think we're stupid or ignorant.Stupid or ignorant enough to fall for the assertion that whatever is happening at Guantanamo is the legal and moral equivalent of what happened in the hundreds of slave labor and concentration camps scattered throughout the former communist Soviet Union. Equivalent to a system that brutalized tens of millions, of which untold millions died of starvation, exposure, exhaustion, torture, illness or execution.

Either Amnesty International isn't aware of this history, or it knows of it but is lying for the sake of a good sound bite. In either case, the group has lost credibility to speak on behalf of the victims of human-rights violations. Moreover, Amnesty International has dishonored millions of gulag victims.

Byrne concludes with:

On this Memorial Day, it might be worth a moment to remember that Guantanamo Bay is run by Americans who do not deserve to be lumped together with a mass slaughter of historic proportions. Certainly, we must be vigilant to prevent any human-rights violations committed by all nations, including ours. But, we need not tolerate this slander against the men and women of the American military and the citizens who support them.

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