Thursday, June 16, 2005

When Should Dissenters Shut Up?

In light of Dick Durbin's bloviating on the Senate floor Tuesday night... (full quote):

"On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ..... On another occasion, the (air conditioner) had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.' 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 ( Photos | history ) 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." (source)

...that he has refused to apologize for, I was thinking about what is appropriate in a time of war. Not what is LEGAL, but what is APPROPRIATE and DECENT.
I agree wholeheartedly with something Ross Perot said on Hannity & Colmes Tuesday night... (roughly paraphrased)
When we are in the run-up to a war we should have a heated, loud debate and that's a healthy, necessary thing...BUT once we are engaged in that war everything negative can and will be used by the enemy. If we are a divided country they will use that against our deployed men and women that are already in mortal danger at all times. Dissent and protest (though legal) will do no good, but only harm once we are there. So maybe, if you really support and care about the troops, do that by not giving the enemy fodder...and by keep your mouth shut. They are not leaving until the job is done...so why waste your time and risk their lives?

I agree with this. Dick Durbin gave aid (recruiting tool and fodder for angst and uprising) to the enemy on Tuesday night. Not because he believes that playing bad Christina Aguilera songs and having puppet shows are paramount to the horrors that he compared them to (atleast I hope not), but for political gain --and to charge the anti-war base. That sound byte will now be played over and over to Muslims that will not hear the actual list of "offenses"...who do not know that those at GITMO eat better than many Americans, that those at GITMO have full health care when many Americans don't, and that those at GITMO have religious clerics and articles paid for with government money, when no public school in America has that (where is the ACLU on that one...?), and have special Wubby hammocks for their tax-payer purchased Qur'ans... They will hear none of that --they will only hear Durbin's sick comparisons. I am anxious to hear if there is an outcry from Jewish-Americans at the complete belittling of what their ancestors endured --comparing gas chambers and concentrations camps to "close proximity by a woman" or air conditioning being "too cold"... How many American public school even have air conditioning?

Do you realize the extent the media went to hide from America what happened on 9/11... Was the news showing footage of those that were forced to jump? Did they stop showing the footage of the planes actually crashing into the buildings? Do you realize these photos were not shown because they were afraid of retaliation against Muslims? Now think about that in light of all this.... They will not show what is real, but have no problem hyping gross exaggeration with no regard to retaliation against American military or civilians. Pretty disturbing….

Waiting to see if fellow Senator Obama will speak out about what Durbin has said….

*UPDATE* Newt Gingrich has just issued a challenge to Dick Dubin to stand in front of any college campus in the U.S. and debate the history of the Nazis and the Soviet Gulags in comparison to GITMO... Now we'll see if Durbin really has any conviction...

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