Tuesday, June 07, 2005

What's In a Name?

Amnesty International's recent use of the word "gulag" to describe our terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay was one of the most outrageously inaccurate and flawed analogies I have ever heard.

I thought that Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace did a very credible job of challenging William Schulz, (Amnesty International's executive director) on this issue, but although Schulz did engage in some backpedaling, he stubbornly maintained that there were, indeed, some similarities between the two.

David Limbaugh thinks that Mr. Shultz and others of his ilk might benefit enormously from reviewing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's description of an actual Soviet gulag, as written in his classic book, "Gulag Archipelago". He feels that a graphic reminder of what actually constitutes torture, another word that the Left often misuses, might be just what the doctor ordered. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Limbaugh.

Mr. Limbaugh, in his article, "The Real Gulag", provides the following excerpt from the chapter in "Gulag Archipelago" entitled: "The Interrogation".

If the intellectuals in the plays of Chekhov who spent all their time guessing what would happen in 20, 30, or 40 years had been told that in 40 years interrogation by torture would be practiced in Russia; that prisoners would have their skulls squeezed within iron rings; that a human being would be lowered into an acid bath; that they would be trussed up naked to be bitten by ants and bedbugs; that a ramrod heated over a primus stove would be thrust up their anal canal (the 'secret brand'); that a man's genitals would be slowly crushed beneath the toe of a jackboot; and that, in the luckiest possible circumstances, prisoners would be tortured by being kept from sleeping for a week, by thirst, and by being beaten to a bloody pulp, not one of Chekhov's plays would have gotten to its end because all the heroes would have gone off to insane asylums.

Personally, other than the fact that "Gulag", "Guantanamo" and "Gitmo" all begin with the letter "G", I fail to see the comparison.