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Oh, That's All He Meant

Apparently Senator Durbin's ever-changing story was that he wasn't comparing the Bush administration overall to the Khmer Rouge, or Nazi Germany. No, he was only commenting on their interrogation techniques.

Well, here is an example of "interrogation" at S-21 in Cambodia:

The regime of S21 was harsh beyond belief. Amongst the cruellest of guards were the 12-16 year old warders. Without a strongly ingrained morality and given positions of total power over their captives, their actions became bestial. Prisoners were regularly questioned and tortured with a variety of techniques, from fingernails being pulled out to electrification and suffocation. Important political prisoners were kept in their own 2 1/2 foot by 6 foot cell, feet shackled to an 2 foot iron bar. As horrible as this sounds it was infinitely preferable to the treatment of the bulk of S21ís residents. They were kept 60 to room, that in a different time taught classes of 25. Here there were just two iron bars, each the length of the room. 30 people would be shackled alternatively to each bar, feet touching feet. No bedding, sound or movement was allowed.

The security regulations, still displayed at S21, clearly show how severe conditions were ["sic" to much that follows--I assume that it's a poor translation into English--rs].

The Security Regulations

You must answer accordingly to my question Ė donít turn them away.

Donít try to hide the facts by making pretexts this and that. You are strictly prohibited to contest me.

Donít be a fool for you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution.

You must immediately answer my questions without wasting time to reflect.

Donít tell me either about you immoralities of the essence of the revolution.

While getting lashes or electrification you must not cry at all.

Do nothing, sit still and wait for my orders. If there is no order, keep quiet. When I ask you do something, you must do it right way without protesting.

Donít make pretexts about Kampucheas Krom in order to hide your jaw of traitor.

If you donít follow all the above rules, you shall get many many lashes of electric wire.

If you disobey any point of my regulations you shall get either ten lashes or five shocks of electric discharge.

But gee, at least none of these people, many of whose only crime was foraging for extra food, or simply being turned in by their brainwashed children, were chained to the floor.

I'm sure he'll be apologizing again any minute.

Posted by Rand Simberg at June 17, 2005 10:06 AM
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The left has clearly lost (or more likely willingly given up) all pretense of reality. Only someone who has done so could make such a comparison.

Posted by Glenn at June 17, 2005 12:57 PM

Nice try monkeyboy. Did you actually read the transcript of his remarks. Typical wignuttia - don't address the actual remarks/substance but instead make something up and then rant about it.

Posted by Bush 4 King at June 17, 2005 01:18 PM

Well, more enlightened and civil discourse from the left.

A site like Kos or DU would censor/delete it, but I'll leave it up. It says so much more about the commenter than it does about me.

Posted by Rand Simberg at June 17, 2005 01:25 PM

The blog above hits directly at Turban Durbin's points. Turban Durbin doesn't know what he is talking about.

3 halal squares per day how terrible! Jamal Jihadi piddled on himself, how terrible. I would much sooner be in Gitmo than in the hands of Jihadis. Which do you think Nick Berg or Danny Pearl would prefer?

Posted by Marcus Aurelius at June 18, 2005 05:12 AM

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