“Don’t you think that there’s an enormous difference?”

You may have seen this at Instapundit or elsewhere, but I don’t want any of our readers to miss it. Pavel Litvinov, a former prisoner of conscience in the Soviet Union, reports the following in the Washington Post:

Several days ago I received a telephone call from an old friend who is a longtime Amnesty International staffer. He asked me whether I, as a former Soviet “prisoner of conscience” adopted by Amnesty, would support the statement by Amnesty’s executive director, Irene Khan, that the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba is the “gulag of our time.”
“Don’t you think that there’s an enormous difference?” I asked him.
“Sure,” he said, “but after all, it attracts attention to the problem of Guantanamo detainees.”

Like, I said, the Gulag analogy was an obscene publicity stunt.


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