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Saturday, May 28, 2005
  Idiots, who have zer perspective on reality.
Amnesty gets Bushwhacked - Tony Parkinson - Opinion - theage.com.au: "It was expected that this year's annual report by Amnesty International would include a blistering critique of the Bush Administration's conduct of the war on terror. That much is pro forma for the human rights movement, it's the fashion of the day. What was not expected was the tawdry, if eye-catching, sound bite in the foreword to the report, in which Amnesty's secretary-general, Irene Khan, sought to characterise the American military's Guantanamo Bay prison camp as 'the gulag of our times'.

This lurid hyperbole does Khan no credit. It is inexcusable for an organisation founded on the principle of protecting the innocent against the predations of grisly mass murderers such as Stalin to demean the historical record for the sake of a cheap shot.

Is she seriously suggesting the treatment of 540 detainees at Guantanamo is to be mentioned in the same breath as the 30 million-plus deaths in Soviet forced labour camps? If that's the level of intellectual dishonesty, why not go the extra distance and throw in Auschwitz as well?

It is another example of the sad loss of perspective among some global opinion leaders opposed to US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. This has become a debate in which intellectual rigour takes a back seat to ideological prejudice, where souped-up assertions portraying the US and its allies in the worst possible light override calm contemplation of the facts."
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