Friday, June 03, 2005

More on Guantanamo

Here is a good story finding a nice medium between the Bush rhetoric and the leftist rhetoric on Guantanamo.

Using the word "gulag" was out of line, but there are things that need to be fixed at Guantanamo. Obviously, torture is not happening very often, and it has been way over-covered in the media, with most stories actually being false. But even one example of torture or abuse is one too many, and we need to have a much more reasonable debate on the issue.

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

Referring to Amnesty International, Bush said: "It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of and the allegations by people that were held in detention, people who hate America, people who have been trained in some instances to disassemble [sic], that means not to tell the truth."
It's outrageous that Bush tried to dismiss all questions about practices in Guantanamo as the work of "people who hate America."

Dionne quotes Bush in context and then he tries to take the quote out of context in the same article and he expects to get away with it?

Seems like Dionne's doing some "disassembling" of his own with his charge that Bush "dismisses" critics and human rights issues.

General Myers gave the run-down on "abuse" on Sunday (and we don't even know the details of what constitutes "abuse"): 68,000 detainees, 325 investigations into alleged abuse, and 100 individuals who have had some action taken (the article is probably wrong in its opening paragraph - 100 actions taken against our people does not mean 100 instances of abuse).

100 actionable offenses are 100 actionable offenses too many, but what Amnesty did was try to hold the U.S. responsible for all of the human rights abuses in the entire world:

"The USA, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide. When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity and audacity. From Israel to Uzbekistan, Egypt to Nepal, governments have openly defied human rights and international humanitarian law in the name of national security and 'counter-terrorism'."

Maybe Amnesty should check its records, because Egypt has been "thumbing its nose" at human rights for centuries. Now it's doing it in the name of "counter-terrorism" and the U.S. is to blame?

This was the "other," more serious (albeit less attention-grabbing) problem with the Amnesty report. I appreciate Dionne's rebuke of the hyperbolists, but he could have done more.