The MonT-SteR is angry, my friends. Very angry. I tried not to comment on this, as it is something of a political issue, but it deals with the problem moral relativism that I’ve railed against time and again on tMR.
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) took to the floor of the Senate earlier this week to recycle and regurgitate the MoveOn.org Bush=Hitler ads, except he expanded their scope to assert that U.S. Military=Nazis and Guantanamo Bay=Nazi Concentration Camp.
Folks, we’re talking about Nazis here. People who willingly served in Adolph Hitler’s nightmarish war machine, which was bent on forcibly subjugating the rest of the world and animated by a hateful, ruling paradigm of vicious racism. They killed SIX MILLION JEWS by shooting them, gassing them, starving them, experimenting on them, vivisecting them — I could go on.
At the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, the captured enemy combatants are allowed to practice their faith. We give them Qur’ans and prayer rugs so they can do so, despite the fact that their faith is ostensibly what fuels their hatred of this country. We feed them meals of roasted chicken and lemon fish with two vegetables and two kinds of fruit. And yes, we chain them. We play loud music in the prison. We turn the air conditioning down and turn up the heat. We keep them off balance, tired, and weakened for the purpose of interrogation and to keep them from being a danger to our soldiers. But we are not engaged in a Hitleresque extirmination of Arabs and/or Muslims, borne of prejudicial hatred. We do not kill them in gas chambers and then burn them in furnaces. We do not conduct medical experiments on them. We are certainly not starving them to death.
Sen. Durbin waxed further in eloquence, comparing our military to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Has anyone ever seen footage of the mass graves that were uncovered in the wake of the Khmer Rouge’s original insurgency? I remember seeing images of skulls piled high and deep. Pol Pot and his ilk assassinated intellectuals and skilled workers, closed down schools and factories, forced everyone into what amounted to slave labor camps, and contributed directly to the starvation of 1.5 million people. Boy, who can distinguish American GI’s from that lot?
Sen. Durbin’s comments are offensive, to say the least — insipid, asinine, incoherent drivel, through and through. And he’s standing by his statement for now, which means one of two things:
- Sen. Durbin actually believes this ridiculous moral equivalency garbage, which only displays his complete and utter ignorance. If this is indeed the case, then the man has no business being an elected representative of ANY kind, let alone a U.S. Senator.
- He doesn’t believe it, but says it anyway in order to denigrate the Bush administration and score political points — even more despicable, and even more indicative of how unfit he is for public office.
I have to wonder, did Sen. Durbin think before he uttered this nonsense? If this was part of a political calculation, didn’t he stop and think, “Gee, there are probably a fair number of Americans out there who are educated enough to call me on this. I’d better keep my mouth shut.” Apparently, that notion didn’t enter the good Senator’s mind. That, in turn, makes me wonder if the Senator just assumed he could get away with it. In other words, did Sen. Durbin simply presume that the American people were just too stupid to know better?
On that note, here’s the most tragic thing about this whole affair: There are scores of Americans out there nodding assent to Sen. Durbin’s pablum, saying to themselves, “It’s about time somebody spoke up.” It disturbs me that so many of my fellow citizens are 1) unaware of history and therefore lacking the sense of proportion necessary to understand how mindless Sen. Durbin’s comments are, and/or 2) so bereft of any moral (common?) sense that they really can’t see the difference between our military and the acts of Nazis or the Khmer Rouge.
In either case, America has a big problem as long as enough citizens are content to think like this. The end of moral relativism is moral anarchy, where good and evil are “living, breathing” terms subject to redefinition by the whimsy of individual proclivity. This whole flap involving Sen. Durbin is a case-in-point example. Hitler was evil, you think the Bush administration is evil, so just equate the two. As long as it suits your beliefs (or purposes), all is well.
aka The MonT-SteR