Thursday, June 16, 2005
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. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
- Senator Richard Durbin, 6/14/2005 on the floor of the US Senate
The blinding ignorance of this statement is especially notable for its utterly ahistoric quality. Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge, for example, didn't torture people especially--it just made it illegal for them to be literate, or to speak a foreign language, or to wear glasses, or to have uncallused hands. If you violated any of these rules, they would take you out into a field and hit your head with sticks until your brains spilled out of your skull. Or if you lived in a city they decided you had no right to eat, and they made it illegal for people who lived in cities to eat. In a country of five million, two million people died this way.
And for someone to compare this with...TURNING UP FRIGGIN AIR CONDITIONING is beyond any superlative of both stupidity and evil.