In the words of Andrew Sullivan, just when you thought the pro-torture Right couldn’t sink any lower, comes this: I Love Gitmo. Forget Jefferson, Rousseau, Hobbes, Nietzsche or any of the other prophetic philosophers of old. Apparently, the man who truly understood the future was Joseph Goebbels, founding father of neo-con strategy and wingnut philosophy.
That such people can exist in such numbers and with such influence in the most powerful (and supposedly “free”) nation on Earth is cause for pause. It’s indicative of the decaying soul of modern Western society, so caught up in its privileges and excesses that it leaves no room for compassion, empathy or common sense. For a people so in love with the simplistic good-vs-evil dialectic, it is saddening that they do not recognize true evil when it rests its wretched hide beneath their very snouts.
Let’s revisit the whole “Gitmo detainees treated relatively gently” meme, so embraced by the religiously fawning Bush-blowjob crowd. Sullivan links us to this description, from an FBI interrogator, of his observations at Guantanamo:
“On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food, or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. 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.”
I’d like to see these pampered, bloated apologists experience such treatment first-hand and call it “relatively gentle” afterward. If the hard Left is guilty of a childish “America can do no right” attitude, then these assholes are surely guilty of the even more damaging “America can do no wrong” mantra. Self-criticism is always safer than self-glorification, especially when the “self” we’re talking about is the most powerful military and economic machine in human history.