I am speaking again tonight to Democrats as much as Republicans, asking them to contemplate the recent statements and actions of their Congressional surrogates in both houses - Senator Richard Durbin (D. Illinois) and Representative Charles Rangel (D. New York) - and ask yourselves if they represent you, your values, and your viewpoints. Because, I submit that what is being Left is increasingly at odds with the sensibilities of the majority of both the Democrat Party and the people of America.
On Tuesday, Senator Durbin chimed in with his latest denigration of the U.S. Military's actions in the War on Terror. During his recitation on the floor of the Senate of a particular FBI account of the interrogation of one of the 911 hijackers at GITMO - the so-called 20th hijacker - Durbin made the following outrageous observation: (HT. The American Thinker)
"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."
Radioblogger has the actual Durbin audio and transcripts preserving the statements of the absurd Senator from Illinois even as he both stands firm on his point for the benefit of the septic fringe of his party, and tries to weasel out of its notable impact with mainstream America.
Hugh Hewitt notes that Durbin's hyperbolic and quite defamatory comments were quickly picked up by Al Jazeera's English operation, where it surely fuels the propaganda of the enemy in the Muslim regions where trust and impression are as critical as they are fragile.
“Durbin, like Newsweek before him, has handed our enemies a great propaganda victory, one that will echo through the years in madrassas and caves and whispered conversations among would-be killers of Americans. ("Even their highest officials admit they run camps like the Nazis and Pol Pot!" Hit audio.) Durbin is trying to defend his remarks but this pathetic excuse for a legislator can count on blowback for years, especially as word of how his asinine comparison is playing in the radical world gets back to our country.”
In addition, read Hugh's latest Weekly Standard Column "Real Religious Intolerance," and think about this. Congressional Democrats remained mostly silent when Janet Reno, with the full power of Federal law enforcement laid siege to American citizens (Christian ‘Extremists’) in Waco Texas. Those who did speak, defended the tear gas, the blasting of music, and the floodlights. After the Davidians were massacred by the Clinton Justice Department – immolated in the ruins of their home – Democrats defended the incident and the actions of the Federal Government, which had just killed some 80 American citizens. It had massacred American men, woman, and children without due process.
What did Dick Durbin and Charles Rangel say then? Did Charles Rangel call for the impeachment of that President as he is doing now with this President during one of the most dangerous conflicts in the history of this nation? Do let’s hazard a guess. I’m confident we won’t be surprised as I’m sure that I do not remember any Democrat Congressman compare Bill Clinton to Pol Pot, nor Janet Reno to Joseph Goebbels. Because, what is being Left regards their motives and actions to be supreme beyond scrutiny. And that IS, in fact, the common precept that gave rise to every human atrocity that has plagued man throughout his history. Afterall, what is being Left insists on personally demonizing their political adversaries in order to construct witches for their own pyres, despite the danger it cultivates,...
... for an orgy of true malevolence that may soon be seen.
Matthew H. over at Froggy Ruminations takes Durbin and his Congressioanl cohorts to task for this latest obscenity. Hugh shows no sign of letting up until the Absurd Senator from Illinois is centured or resigns.
"There is a culture of torture in the world. Blessedly, America isn't part of it. When a few of our troops make mistakes, they're punished. Given the magnitude of our task and the unprecedented conditions we face, it's remarkable our errors have been so few.
What should enrage every decent citizen is that the real torturers — from Zimbabwe to China, from Syria to North Korea — get a pass from the political left. If terrorists behead defenseless captives on videotape, it's simply an expression of their culture. But if a handful of U.S. troops play an ugly round of Candid Camera, that's a new gulag.
As someone who takes human rights seriously, I'm appalled by the lack of sympathy the left feels toward the victims of any regime other than the Bush administration. Let's shout it to prisoners everywhere: If you're not harmed by an American, your suffering doesn't count.
The left's hypocrisy is immeasurable. The grandchildren of those who defended Stalin are mortified that Saddam Hussein will stand trial. By taking such irresponsible voices seriously, we grant our critics a strength they otherwise lack and simply help them keep their lies alive.
No matter what our country does, we will never please a global intelligentsia outraged that all their theories came to nothing. We can't satisfy al Qaeda, and we can't please those discontented souls who need to blame the United States for their personal inadequacies. It's time we stopped trying. "
Finally, OkieBoy asks, " Where are the rebukes to Durbin from the Democrats that haven’t yet lost their souls?" Indeed, where are they? Where is John McCain, a man who can attest to real torture? Where is the media in its typical quest for contoversy?... notably absent when the naked idiot standing on the soapbox is singing their tune.
But really, where are the sensible Democrats of America?... those who may disagree politically, but honor the memory of a century of honorable dead and the horrors that fell them on the frontiers of chaos defending light from darkness... those who vote differently from thier neighbor, but don't hate them... those who are proud of their sons and daughters, friends and relatives manning today's frontier... and those proud people of Illinois who know they may yet see one of their towers fall and several thousand of their children silenced?
Where are those Democrats that have more in common with America than the rancid slime that is what is being Left?