Friday, June 10, 2005

Council Winners

Watcher's Council

Right Wing Nuthouse is this week’s council winner. Looking back at the turmoil and death of D-Day, he asks:

Those beaches at Normandy have been quiet for 61 years now. The men who gave the “last full measure of devotion,” whose young lives were snuffed out in a cause greater than themselves are still being mourned by the ever shrinking number of comrades who survived them. And as we look back and marvel at their sacrifice and courage, we do them honor by asking ourselves if placed in their boots, would we have done as well?

By an overwhelming majority,Winds of Change won the non-Council vote for his fisking of Amnesty International’s ignorant claim about America's "gulag." In a careful examination of the kinds of gulags Soviet Russia installed, Mr. Roggio flattens the malign absurdity of Irene Khan’s charges against America’s treatment of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He follows up with a description of life for the detainees (interesting in its own right) and leaves us with this:
No doubt there have been some abuses at the prison. The United States military, like any other organization, is not immune from criminal activities within its midst. But for Amnesty International to characterize Guantanamo Bay as being on par with one of the worst atrocities in human history while issuing a pass to North Korea effectively deflates the meaning of the word Gulag. It also cheapens the stature of Amnesty International, who should know the difference between directed mass murder and imprisonment, and problems inherent within all prison systems.
As he says, AI’s claims to be impartial are a “pathetic lie.”


Check out the rest of the stories at the Watcher of Weasels. It’s a far more diverse and interesting round-up than anything you’re likely to encounter in the MSM.