Amnesty International Ruins Their Credibility
Last week, Amnesty International labeled the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay as ”the gulag of our time.”. This is a crystal clear example of how leftist groups destroy their own credibility in their critique of the War on Terror. A statement like that makes you wonder if Amnesty International is more interested in expressing their rage and embarrassing Bush than they are in improving prisoner conditions.
Guantanamo is not a gulag. And any reasonable American knows that. So when Amnesty International makes this outrageous claim, everything else they have to say becomes questionable. Indeed, all the stories about the Amnesty International report focused on the “gulag” comment and ignored any specific complaint.
But our enemies believe these kinds of comments. When respected groups like Amnesty International compare our actions to the darkest deeds of Soviet Russia, those who wish to destroy us get one more bit of “proof” that their hate is justified. And their crimes against humanity are much, much, much worse than anything that has even been alleged to have happened at Guantanamo. You’d think Amnesty International would want to prevent our enemy’s atrocities as well.
So, the net effect of the gulag remark? Americans ignore it. Our enemies rally around it. I’m not saying Amnesty International shouldn’t criticize our handling of the War on Terror—they definitely should. All I’m saying is, when they do (when any leftist group does) they absolutely must resist the urge to use ridiculous hyperbole. It destroys their credibility and actually reduces their ability to end atrocities around the world.