Sunday, June 05, 2005

Fighting in the Snakepit

LiberalOasis documents to incidents where the right-wing criticism of liberal assertions were smacked down when the protagonists took it right to their turf. Amnesty International stands by its characterization of the similarities between the gulags and American handling of alleged unlawful combatants. And Howard Dean stands by his assertion that many in the Republican leadership have little experience in the world of the workers. I'll have what they're having, thank you.

Update: I see where the MSM is headlining that AI has backed down on the gulag characterization. Here's what AI's William Schulz had to say on Faux.
SCHULZ: The United States is maintaining an archipelago of prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which people are being literally disappeared -- held in indefinite incommunicado detention, without access to lawyers or a judicial system or to their families.

And in some cases, at least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and even killed.

And those are similar at least in character, if not in size, to what happened in the gulag...
That doesn't sound like backing down to me. It's more like getting the point to the point. The gulag comparison is being typically distorted to make a better story. Then when AI corrects the distortion the media characterizes it as "backing down". Feh.

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