Thursday, June 16


Did you read the horror story that dunce-incarnate Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) entered into the "Congressional Record" Tuesday of this week, according to this column of James Taranto, published yesterday in WSJ's The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that captured terrorists have been forced to endure at Guantanamo, Cuba, have been revealed now for all the world to see and, indeed, it is a story of outrageously abominable acts perpetrated against the hapless wards of the notorious Gitmo -- the U.S. prison Senator Ted Kennedy and former president Jimmy Carter insist must be closed.

Imagine the following:

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.
Oh, the horror ... the horror of it. I have no doubt that the air conditioning units are probably able to pull the temperature in a cell down to, say, at least 68 degrees on a hot, smoldering day in Cuba. That's got to be tough on a shoeless prisoner. I have no doubt that temperatures never got that low in Russia's Siberian Gulags -- the Communists no doubt invested heavily in coal-fired furnaces to keep their captives comfortable and the ambient temperature of their carpeted cells pleasantly habitable!

Worse, imagine this:

On another occasion, the (air conditioner) had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees.
Now I'm sure such torture methods at Gitmo -- with either its frigidly cold or swelteringly hot accomodations -- are a far cry from luxuriating in canvass tents in Afghanistan, where summer temperatures reach 120 degrees F. and winter temperatrures descend to lows of 15 degrees F.

Goodness, I can relate. I recall a Boy Scout camping trip I went on years ago with my father in the high desert of southern California. We were burning up by day and at night it got so cold that we either huddled up in automobiles to preserve body heat or, Jackson-style, slept two to a sleeping bag in an effort to keep warm. Each morning the potable water was frozen solid and we'd have to wait until late in the morning before we could drink the water we needed so desparately to endure the rising ball of fire in the eastern sky.

Now, then, I have no doubt those Japanese prisoner-of-war camps in World War II were far more humane than what the United States has constructed at Gitmo. I'm sure much as I have, you've read endless accounts of the Bataan Death March and how well the Americans and Phillipinos were treated. Indeed, there was nothing untoward in the treatment of wartime adversaries in the movie, "Bridge Over The River Kwai."

But the following that Senator Durbin pointed to is terribly troubling and appropriately should be a source of outrage for all thinking, moral Americans:

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 ...
Anyone who has raised a teenager can relate to this form of unconscionable torture. I have only to recall a Metallica, heavy-metal, boom-box phase one of my sons went through in high school to shudder at the thought of a Taliban terrorist recoiling in his cell at the amplified sounds of 2Pac or Ludacris. I'd recoil too!

But in all seriousness, Dear Readers, isn't this sort of unadulterated crap from a United States Senator thoroughly over-the-top? Doesn't it get your patriotic blood up, as it does mine? Where does Senator Durbin get off saying that the United States' detainee facility at Guantanamo, Cuba, is akin to the worst nightmares perpetrated on humanity by Nazis Germany, Communist Russia, and the Pol Pot regime in Communist Cambodia? Each effected genocides on a scale unimaginable! That sort of misplaced, ill-considered diatribe borders on being treasonous. At the very least, it suggests the democratic Senator flunked World History 101.

We would all do well to remember the nightmare that was "9/11" in the context of these ridiculous claims of inhumane treatment and to put things in proper perspective. To do otherwise is to discount the unimaginable hardships our troops are facing each and every day of their brave service on behalf of all of us here at home.

FOLLOW-UP: Here is the White House reaction to Senator Durbin's outrageous remarks.