Tuesday, June 21, 2005

It's About Time

Senator Durbin has finally issued an apology for his offensive remarks comparing the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the treatment people received from the Nazis, Soviet gulags and Pol Pot. While Senator Durbin has come to his senses, some newspapers have not. Namely, the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In an editorial today, the Star Tribune says the following:
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., set off a firestorm last week when he compared U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo to practices employed by Nazis, Soviets, Pol Pot and their ilk. His remarks were condemned by the White House, the Pentagon, the Christian Coalition, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Newt Gingrich (who called for his censure by the Senate) and by the entire right side of the talk radio/television/blog world. 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...

...Durbin was spot on in his assessment of Guantanamo. That's why he was so roundly attacked. He told the truth. And his message is of vital importance; the United States is better than this.

Being that I've never lived in Minneapolis, I'm not too familiar with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I do believe it is the major newspaper in Minneapolis and not the newsprint version of a Lyndon LaRouche pamphlet, but I might want to reconsider that after reading editorials like today's.

Hat tip: Power Line