by John Hawkins | June 15, 2005 8:37 pm
It’s bad enough that the Democratic Party has been nothing but a hindrance in the fight against terrorism, but their ridiculous hand wringing, over-the-top rhetoric, and seemingly endless concern for the well being of members of Al-Qaeda are actually starting to get more than a bit disturbing. Just look at this mind-blowing quote from Democratic Senator Dick Durbin about the conditions Al-Qaeda terrorists face at Gitmo:
“On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. ….. On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
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.”
So we’re Nazis, we’re Pol Pot, we’re the Soviets because we chained up a terrorist, made him hot, cold, and played rap music? Is Dick Durbin out of his mind? Does Durbin understand there’s a war on? Does he get that this guy could have info that might prevent another 9/11?
You know what Democrats like Dick Durbin need to do? They need to start getting just a little bit concerned about winning the war on terrorism — just a little bit — and they need to stop getting so worried about the welfare of terrorists who live to murder Americans.
Both parties understood that back in WW2. You didn’t have any Dick Durbins or Ted Kennedys who spent all their time fretting over how the Nazis were being treated and comparing their own country to every evil regime that came to mind. Sure, there were sharp political differences back then, but political gain wasn’t put above winning the war or saving American lives, like it is today.
Oh…yeah, I meant that last line — because outrageous and irresponsible comments like the ones Dick Durbin made are used as propaganda by our enemies. As a matter of fact, Al-Jazeera, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, you name it, they’re not half as good at convincing the world America is a rotten place as liberals like Dick Durbin who run around comparing us to some of the worst totalitarian regimes this planet has ever seen.
May I also add that since we have a United States Senator acting as if making some Al-Qaeda terrorist chilly is the equivalent of torturing the guy to death, that it may lead to our interrogators backing off instead of prodding these terrorists for info. How would you like to find out after some horrific terrorist attack that a terrorist at Gitmo knew what was going to happen, but didn’t say anything because we didn’t push him hard enough? Americans could die by the thousands as a direct result of an incident like that, as a direct result of the sort of comments made by soft-on-terrorism hacks like Dick Durbin.
Dick Durbin’s comments were a disgrace and they should be condemned not just by Republicans, but by all Democrats who are serious about protecting this country from terrorism.
*** Update #1 ***: From Mike_M in the comments section of this post — just because it’s funny:
Dick Durbin recently uncovered this alternate scene for Star Wars: A New Hope:
Obi Wan: “I feel a great disturbance in the Force. As if a million of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and then, suddenly, silence.”
Luke: “Alderan was destroyed by the Death Star?”
Obi Wan: “No…they turned the air conditioner off at Gitmo! Ah…AHHHHHRRRRGHHH!”
Luke: “Ben! What’s wrong?”
Obi Wan: “They…they…TURNED THE AIR CONDITIONING BACK ON!!! Such suffering!!!”
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