Friday, April 27, 2007

Burn it Down

Fred Clark at Slacktivist on President Bush, Naomi Wolf's essay on our slide towards fascism and Gitmo:

"NABA," again, stands for "Not As Bad As." As in, "Yes, the executive now has the power to declare anyone an enemy combatant, to detain them without charge, subject them to torture, and use the 'evidence' collected from that torture to sentence them in extrajudicial military tribunals, but the executive hasn't used this unchecked power against that many people, and not yet against any well-known white U.S. citizens, so let's not get carried away with the F-word because we're Not As Bad As the most heinous villains of history."

So, yes, I agree with Wolf's critics who leap to defend President Bush by insisting he is Not As Bad As Hitler/Stalin/Mao/Saddam/Galactus. I agree so wholeheartedly that I think this should be the engraving on the archway to the George W. Bush Presidential Library: "Not As Bad As Saddam."

Guantanamo is incompatible with democracy. I don't care, and it doesn't matter, if we can list a dozen or a thousand examples of places that were worse. That's not how this works. We're not grading on a curve. Guantanamo Bay is intolerable.

Shut it down. Burn it down, gentlemen. Burn it down and salt the earth.

Amen, brother.

As an aside, SMU can have that library as long as they're willing to hang up that sign.

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