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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Just when you think they have hit bottom...

Just when I thought I was going to enjoy a quiet news day, Cohen at WAPO offers up one of the most disgusting and dishonest pieces of cr$p I have ever seen:

From Captains Quarters


July 28, 2005
Stop Me Before I Violate Godwin's Law!
Dick Durbin disgraced
himself and the Senate by comparing our detention facility at Guantanamo Bay
with the deathcamps of Auschwitz and the killing fields of Pol Pot, and the
resulting chorus of derision should have warned anyone else from following suit.
Some people cannot learn from experience, however. Today's violation of Godwin's
Law comes from the Washington Post, with Richard Cohen giving us the worst
of theatrical reviews and political analogies
in a single column:
I need
to be very careful here, to say precisely what I mean and leave nothing to
chance. I have just seen the play "Primo," which is performed by a single actor,
Antony Sher, with material taken from Primo Levi's incomparable "If This Is a
Man," the book that made the obscure Italian chemist an international literary
sensation. It is an account of his time spent in Auschwitz. I could not help but
think of Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.
Of course, Cohen writes, he would never
compare American soldiers to Nazis. Never, never, never (emphasis mine):
One
must never compare anything to the Holocaust. One must never invoke Nazism
except in reference to the Nazis. One must isolate that era as a way of honoring
the victims, keeping it pristine and removed from all other human experience
because it was so uniquely awful. I know all this -- and I believe it, too.
What's more, I am not likening what happened at Auschwitz and the other camps to
what's happening or happened at Guantanamo and other places where America's
enemies -- real or supposed -- are kept. Our purpose is not to murder. We do not
engage in slave labor. We are not evil, and our intent is to safeguard the
innocent both here and abroad, not to kill them for whatever reason. I hope I
have made myself clear.
Having made himself clear, he then goes on to do
exactly what he says he won't do -- make an allegory between Primo and its
explicit setting of Auschwitz and our detention facilities in Guantanamo and
elsewhere. He decries the treatment of the character in this one-man play as an
"inventory tag", a mere number intended for nothing but destruction. Primo has
to avert his eyes as his fellow inmates ("the recalcitrant and the brave") get
executed and tortured while he remains silent. He shames himself by following
the Nazis' commands while they torture him, either explicitly or implicitly in
the slave labor and utter neglect and contempt with which they treat him.
I'd
like to ask Cohen what part of this made him think of Guantanamo Bay and the
detention of terrorists. After all, the Jews did nothing wrong, while the people
held at Gitmo got captured in open combat with American forces, out of uniform.
The Jews (and others, the many others) at Auschwitz and other deathcamps were
rounded up because of their religion and ethnicity and sent to their torture and
degradation without any hint of process. The detainees at Gitmo have all
received military hearings to determine their status, and some have been
released (and went on to rejoin the jihad, too).
So if their status has
nothing in common, then what evokes Gitmo from this play? The inventory status?
Perhaps Cohen would like to explain the difference between the common practice
in American prisons of identifying inmates by number instead of name and
whatever he imagines happens at Gitmo. Maybe that's not it; maybe Cohen believes
that our servicepeople have made the detainees watch while they execute and
torture other terrorists held at the facility, heaping even more shame onto
their heads.
Or maybe Cohen just decries the shame the terrorists must feel,
having been captured by infidels and living under their control after attempting
to kill as many of us as possible. Well, boo hoo for them. Cohen wants us to
feel pity because we've shamed terrorists? He wants to stoke our outrage because
their self-esteem has suffered?
Take a look at Ground Zero, Mr. Cohen, and
think about 3,000 people who lost more than just their self-esteem. Take a drive
past the Pentagon, where one of our officers on duty that day barely survived
the plane crash that carried his ten-year-old son, who had been on his way to a
Little League championship. Watch the tapes of the Madrid bombings, the London
bombings, the Sharm el-Sheikh bombings, and the ongoing terrorist actions in
Iraq intended on enslaving an entire nation under Islamofascist rule.
It's
hard to remember when I've read such an intellectually dishonest and patronizing
column in a major publication. Cohen should be ashamed of himself instead of
projecting his shame onto Islamist terrorists as a means to turn them into the
victims of this war.
Posted by Captain Ed at July 28, 2005
07:08 AM



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