Thursday, June 23, 2005

Distant Mirror: Their Gulag -- and Ours

If anyone questions the designation of Bush's "terror war" prisons as a "gulag," show them this: Excerpts from Aleksander Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago," describing the primary interrogation methods used by the KGB torturers. Anyone with even a slight knowledge of the horror stories spilling from Gitmo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib and the others will instantly recognize the striking similarities between the old gulag and the new. No, the scale is not as great -- yet (although the global reach is in fact greater); but the sickening cruelty, the chilling moral nullity -- and most of the methods -- are exactly the same.
(From Remote Post, via Buzzflash)