June 13, 2005
Ridiculouser And Ridiculouser
"Guantanamogate" has reaaallllly gotten out of hand.
We get a Newsweek story based on misinformation and quickly retracted as such, then Amnesty International, admitting that they don't know what's happening at Camp Delta, the Gitmo detention facility, but going ahead and calling it a gulag anyway, so,
Based on no factual evidence whatsoever(to Bush hating liberals that's plenty of proof), the left has begun to crow with their usual glee beneath their patented false veneer of concern and hurl accusations of torture and inhumanity, creating yet another wave of anti-Bush hysteria, demands pouring in from liberal politicians and pundits that the detention center be shut down. What a bunch of reactionary obstructionist buffoons!
Let's read how Oliver North weighs in on the subject.
Here's Amnesty's "gulag:" Upon arrival, detainees are issued a blanket, a sheet, two orange "jump suits," flip flops, a foam sleeping pad, two bath towels, a washcloth, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, a prayer rug, and a Koran. They are allowed two 15-minute showers per week; They get recreation time and three culturally sensitive meals per day. Schedules are respectful of Islamic traditions, prayer calls are broadcast five times a day and arrows painted on the floors point to Mecca. Their regular quarters include a flushing toilet, running water, and an off-the-floor bed. Detainees who ask for them are provided with soccer balls, playing cards, chessboards and paperback books. All of this, courtesy of the American taxpayers the detainees have sworn to kill.
Now compare that to a Soviet gulag as described by gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn. If you haven't yet read his (1962) novel, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovitch, I highly recommend adding it to your reading list.
Another of Solzhenitsyn's books on the subject (in nonfiction mode) is The Gulag Archipelago. A link to a preview at Amazon.com that includes the opening segment follows in the next post.
Posted by Seth at June 13, 2005 06:45 AM