12:28 PM — Comparisons
A number of people have been comparing Guantanamo Bay or Gitmo with Nazi death camps or Soviet gulags. Many people have vehemently retorted that doing so is belittling the worse atrocities. My thought is it's merely a matter of degree. Two main arguments against the comparison are the numbers involved, and the innocence of the victims. Millions of people were killed in WWII; hundreds are in the US overseas prisons. WWII victims were innocent; US victims are innocent until proven guilty. Is it worse to torture and kill millions of known innocents, or a few individuals whom are not proven guilty? The whole reason these camps have to exist overseas is because if they were within our boundaries the prisoners would have the protection of the law.