Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Dog Bites Man

This TCS article makes a great point. It is not the troops at Guantanamo bay who are abusing the prisioners, but the other way around.
They attack guards whenever the soldiers enter their cells, trying to reach up under protective face masks to gouge eyes and tear mouths. They make weapons and try to stab the guards or grab and break limbs as the guards pass them food. These terrorist prisoners openly brag of their desire to kill Americans. One has promised that if he is released he would find MPs in their homes through the Internet, break into their houses at night and 'cut the throats of them and their families like sheep.' These recalcitrant detainees are known euphemistically as being "non-compliant."

Of course, the ACLU & AI have not come to the rescue of these brave men & women, nor has the MSM paid much attention to it. If one were to search for a benign explanation for the media silence on the actions of terrorists: could it be that because we expect nothing less than brutality from these animals, we are not interested in hearing about it? The press exists to serve it self, as do organizations like the ACLU & AI. Dog bites man is never a story; after all, it's too boring.

Amnesty International Executive Director William Schulz, during his interview with Chris Wallace, when asked to substantiate the gulag allegations, said: "Chris, I don't think I'd be on this station, on this program today with you if Amnesty hadn't said what it said and President Bush and his colleagues haven't [sic] responded as they did. If I had come to you two weeks ago and said, 'Chris, I'd like to go on Fox with you to talk about U.S. detention policies at Guantanamo and elsewhere,' I suspect you wouldn't have given me an invitation."
When asked by Mr. Wallace if he considers publicity stunts acceptable, Mr. Schulz ducked the question, and for good reason: Mr. Schulz has received thousands of invitations & AI has been rolling in donations since the spurious hyperbole. Without donations AI will cease to exist. Should that happen, Mr. Schulz would be unemployed, a fate all would wish to avoid.

Another interesting revelation in the TCS article was that most of prisoners, many of whom were malnourished upon arrival, are now overweight & have cholesterol issues. Could we be facing more accusations a la Durbin on "supersizing" our inmates? ScrappleFace, had a satire of a potential situation. However, considering how much publicity the "Super Size Me" director Morgan Spurlock has received, life-imitating ScrappleFace does not seem too outlandish. After all, the very same people who decry capitalism & preach socialism have no qualms about collecting millions in donations, tax monies, & out right profits.

There must pervade, into the public consciousness, the idea that no organization is exempt from seeking self-survival. One of the greatest fallacies of Marxism is that only capitalist corporations have a profit motive. While a not-for-profit organization like AI may not reap profits, in a strict sense of the word, it does reap profits in the form of publicity & organizational expansion. The members of the organization reap rewards by parlaying the prominence of the organization into getting better jobs, once they leave, or book contracts & paid speaking engagements.

The members of the press are no different. While they claim journalistic ideals, it is clear that careerism is their true ideal. It is to their benefit that ideals such as personal responsibility & patriotism are crushed, for only through this can they continue to publish sensationalistic stories. Had Mr. Spurlock made a documentary about a man who exercises self-discipline in his dietary choices or accepts responsibility for his actions, I doubt he would have gotten the publicity he did. Isn't it ironic, that, were the press & non-profit organizations to accomplish their stated missions correctly, it would lead to their own extinction & decline?

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