Monday, June 08, 2009

How dare you, Mr. Yglesias? 
How dare you, in your wildest wet dreams of moral equivocation, even remotely compare the Bush Administration with the monstrous crimes of the North Korean government and their brutal gulag system?
As in the Soviet Union during the high tide of the Gulag, it appears that the forced labor camps are important to the regime not just as a mechanism of repression, but as part of the economic model and the internal incentives of the bureaucracy. Spencer Ackerman also links to the State Department’s human rights report on the DPRK:

[P]rolonged periods of exposure to the elements; humiliations such as public nakedness; confinement for up to several weeks in small ‘punishment cells’ in which prisoners were unable to stand upright or lie down; being forced to kneel or sit immobilized for long periods; being hung by the wrists; being forced to stand up and sit down to the point of collapse.

Needless to say, it’s easy to recognize this sort of barbarism as the torture that it is when you read about it being done by North Korea (it appears that the Bush administration and the DPRK were both modeling themselves on the Chinese Communist tactics from the Korean War). And it is being done, and on a massive scale.

Everything's a point-scoring game to you, isn't it?

You honestly can't discern a significant difference in kind and degree between the two?

Have you no decency, sir?

At long last, have you no decency?

Splash, out


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