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Durbin's "Nazi" comments

2005-06-23 20:35:38.062492+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Tom thinks that Dick Durbin was cowardly to apologize, Timmer says "Apology accepted". I think it's important to both note Senator Dick Durbin's full original remarks in which he said:

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.

Which, if you read the paragraph in question, seems pretty true to me. His apology for those statements should be read carefully too:

“Let me read to you what I said. ‘I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said causes anybody to misunderstand my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support.’”

Which I think he actually makes clear in the original remarks: It is at the highest levels that the disregard for the Geneeva Conventions originates, and the problem needs to be solved there.

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#Comment Re: Anti-Semitism boogie man made: 2005-06-24 00:27:31.23425+00 by: BC [edit history]

I have not read what has lead to the Durbin apology, but of the groups he compared our tactics to at Guantanamo, why do I for some strange reason feel it was the reference to Nazis that created the big to-do? Hmmm...I wonder what group cried foul? Was it the ex-Soviets expressing their distaste for Uncle Joe? Or maybe those who feel Pot was even a worse despot? Geez, when is this constant "never again" mentality going to quit? Never again would be too soon. Take it to Israel, where it belongs. This is the US of A.