Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Andrew Sullivan Agrees With US Troops as "Nazis" Characterization

Remember when Al Franken solemnly demanded that captured terrorists be interrogated with "a red hot poker up the ass"? The Left has now come full circle. Turning down the air conditioning has become a "Nazi" act. This was prior to, of course, the discovery by many Democrats that political hay could be made with the Left's lunatic fringe by attacking US actions in the Middle East. Nancy Soderberg admitted as much in an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Writing two posts to add emphasis, Andrew Sullivan left no doubt that he agrees with Senator Dick Durbin's characterization of American troops serving at Guantanamo Bay as inhuman monsters on a par with Nazis, Soviet gulag guards, and Khmer Rouge torturers. Sullivan would apparently rather that another few thousand Americans die, than discomfit any of the enemy detainees at Gitmo.

Here's what Durbin said last Tuesday:
"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."
Sullivan demands that I answer Durbin's question. Okay. I would not "most certainly believe" that they were prisoners of the regimes mentioned because if they were, they would have been tortured, not simply made physically uncomfortable or embarrassed. Durbin would have been describing unrelenting physical labor and years of starvation, missing limbs, bamboo shoots forced under fingernails. In fact, as non-uniformed combatants, most would have been executed out-of-hand by any of the people Durbin mentioned.

Now, as to what Durbin and Sullivan are really up to, there are mid-term elections coming up next year. Somehow, the fact that they're grandstanding for partisan gain makes their behavior even more shameful.

Herewith, a list of people who profess to despise US troops:

1) Osama bin Laden
2) Abu Musab al Zarqawi
3) Irene Zubaidah Khan of Amnesty International
4) Senator Dick Durbin
6) Andrew Sullivan

Via The Jawa Report.