Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I pretend that I am doing this right and hope Blogger doesn't explode in my face

["Withiel", as you strange people* seem to insist on calling him, got me to join. I shall assume this is a good thing. Hi.]

*This is not a bad thing

As people may already have seen, Amnesty International's latest report described Guantánamo Bay as "the gulag of our times" and claimed, in short, that US human rights violations in the name of the "War on Terror" were fostering abuses across the world; all this further convinces me that I want to be Irene Khan if I grow up. Anyway, Dick Cheney responded today by saying that they Hurt His Feelings.

"Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."
Cheney said detainees at Guantanamo "have been well treated, treated humanely and decently."

"Occasionally there are allegations of mistreatment," Cheney said. "But if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who had been inside and released to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated."

*deep breath* That sort of statement should only really require pointing-and-laughing, but in the spirit of spreading information: Hmm. And hmm. And again, hmm. But then, maybe Cheney's definition of "humanely" is not the same as our Earth definition.

Personally, I'm convinced the only reason nobody's tried to assassinate Bush yet is that they got halfway out of the door before realising it would make Cheney president.

On a completely different note, linkage for anyone needing further proof that the growing liberalisation of Western society since the 1960s can only be a good thing: scans from a book given to teenage girls in the early '50s on how to be the perfect woman. With, apparently, no brain. We've come a long way.


At 11:29 am, Blogger Withiel said...

/salutes you
I especially like the suggestion by (I think) Cheney elsewhere that the reason that these allegations have been made by ex-detainees is that they simply "hate America", and therefore can't be trusted. Of course, I suspect quite a good way of getting someone fairly neutral to hate Amererica would be to falsely imprisoned in an American prison camp with electrodes on their genitals for a while. Furthermore, how would we be able to tell the difference if Cheney was President? Apart from the lack of monkey-features on the news, that is...
(yes. I finished a sentence with a preposition. Aren't I bad.

At 12:32 pm, Blogger Laura said...

"Furthermore, how would we be able to tell the difference if Cheney was President?"
Well, the President would be an enthusiastic supporter of war abroad with no direct experience of it himself, having avoided the draft, have an atrocious environmental record, offer lucrative contracts to old contacts in the oil industry *pause* ...oh wait. Nonetheless, Cheney seems to be trying to kill off his countrymen even more enthusiastically than Shrubya. There are samples of his congressional voting record about two-thirds of the way down the page here - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/rnd/1094003520950/pageid/rs.Home/has-player/true/pageregion/single7/id/6450422?rnd=1117627787937&has-player=true&version=, and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney#Congress

However, the First Lady would be a onetime writer of lesbian erotica, which I don't believe can be said for the current one:
Acid comments on the irony of this compared with the policies of her party and her public attitude to her own daughter on a postcard please.

At 4:06 pm, Blogger Sable X. Veins said...

Shit. I was really looking forward to fucking your infants.


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