Friday, June 17, 2005

Gotta Get in the Gitmo Groove

Senator Richard Durbin, a Democrat, thinks the terrorists being held at Gitmo are being treated inhumanely. His actual words on the Senate floor in reference to an FBI agent's report describing detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures and having to listen to loud music (oh the horror) went something, no...wait, it went exactly like this:

"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."

POL POT? NAZIS? GULAGS? Is the senator insane? Those names refer to unspeakable atrocities committed on millions of innocent people. My son Sprout, a soldier in the US Army, recently went through basic training. He was subjected to physical, mental, and biological "torture"...just to learn how to deal with the evil likes of those prisoners at Gitmo. He spent 10 days and nights in the woods of North Carolina in the cold...and the rain...eating MRE's...and lugging 60 pound ruck sacks for miles on end...all in the name of training to learn to fight the evil we are now pampering at Gitmo.

Well, Senator Durbin...cry me a river. I'm waiting for one, just one, Democrat leader to stand up and denounce this. Words have meanings. Ever hear the phrase "give me liberty or give me death"? Or "remember the Alamo"? People remember words long after they are spoken, because words come not from the stomach, but from the heart. And therein lies the truth of a man's thoughts.

Some other sites, like Blackfive, have some good comments on this too.

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