Wednesday, June 22, 2005


See Dick apologize... well, sort of

Senator Dick Durbin made a statement yesterday being billed in the MSM as an “apology” for his outrageously ignorant and abusive comparison of the behavior of guards at Guantanamo Bay to the behavior of the likes of Nazi concentration camp guards, the Soviet Gulag, and Pol Pot’s murderous regime. Durbin’s apology, though, isn’t. He never admitted what he said was wrong, he just said he was sorry to have offended “some” people who might “believe that my remarks crossed the line”. Apparently, Dick doesn’t believe he really said anything wrong:

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate also apologized to any soldiers who felt insulted by his remarks.

"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.

Right, Dick, comparing US armed forces personnel to genocidal regimes certainly shows no disrespect. How many terrorists at Guantanamo Bay have been taken out and shot, or gassed to death, or incinerated, or beaten to death, or used in human experiments, or flayed for human skin lampshades?

But Durbin doesn’t see anything wrong with his comparison, he just thinks it’s “a poor choice of words’:

During his apology, which Durbin delivered while looking directly into a TV camera broadcasting the proceedings, the senator said: "I made reference to Nazis, to Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I've come to understand that's a very poor choice of words."

He also reached out directly to Holocaust survivors, adding: "I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy."

Yeah, Dick, you sure didn’t diminish or demean the intentional murder of millions because of their religious beliefs by equating it with the use of shackles and air conditioner settings in incarcerating and interrogating a bunch of murderous genocidal terrorists.

Dick’s not the least bit sorry for, or apologetic about, what he said. He’s just sorry so many people didn’t like it.

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