The comments of Senator Dick Durbin last week, comparing the "torture" at Gitmo (ya know, stuff like the intentional omission of the parsley sprig from the hijackers' orange-glazed chicken, desecrating the Koran by not providing it to detainees in the optional leather carrying case, etc. -- ya know, torture!) to the model of hospitality provided by Nazi concentration camps, Soviet gulags, and Cambodian fun parks, have generated a pretty-much universal response.
Durbin's comparisons were so clearly out of line that members of his own party won't go near them, and Durbin has now made multiple (albeit lame) apologies on the Senate floor. Everyone now understands just how inappropriate the comments were, right?
Yes, our home town
bird cage liner
paper of record had seen fit to use today's editorial page not to repuditate Senator Durbin for his stupidity, but rather to call for more
The whole editorial was a Michael Moore-worthy screed, but here's the money quote:
The heat got so bad that, late in the week, Durbin apologized if his remarks had been "misunderstood." They weren't, and Durbin should not have apologized. Instead, the senator should have hit back hard, just as the Amnesty International did when its comparison of Guantanamo to the Soviet gulag was attacked. By caving in, Durbin did just what the orchestrated right-wing smear effort required to succeed: It made him the story rather than focusing further attention on the outrageous violations of international law and human rights being perpetrated in Guantanamo and elsewhere in the name of the American people.
Word has it this was written by Jim Boyd. When it comes to fisking Mr. Boyd, I'll defer to the experts. Scott Johnson of Power Line responds in depth here
, and especially here
. For an extra credit assignment, Scott also provides a library of classic Boyd fisking here
Ugh! I grew up in Illinois (home of Durbin) and now live in Minnesota (home of the Strib). Maybe next, I should move to France for some sanity!