Wednesday, May 28, 2003

A lot of bloggers are talking about a story in an Australian newspaper headlined "US plans Death Camp". Which turns out to contain surprisingly little news; we already knew the inmates at Guantanamo would get, at best, military trials under arbitrary rules under which at least some would be in line for the death penalty; the only new news is that all of this may happen at Guantanamo.

This certainly makes the beginning of an American Gulag. Which is scary enough (and rather apropos, considering who's ruling the rest of Cuba these days). And I don't shy away from comparisons to the Nazis when I feel they're warranted, Godwin's law or no. But "death camp" is still out of line -- the total prison population of Guantanamo wouldn't have been a day's worth of the ovens at Auschwitz.


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