By invoking the Nazis and Pol Pot and the Soviet gulags in the next paragraph, Durbin took the focus off the very disturbing allegations and all but assured that any subsequent public debate would be about his harsh analogies. (I explained why here).I don't feel delighted. I feel disgusted and embarressed by Durbin. No one can take any delight in what Durbin said.
The delightful irony here is that his conservative Republican critics – oh, you should have heard them wetting their pants last night on WLS-AM! – are overplaying their hand by caterwauling for Durbin’s resignation and bleating that his analogies – and not our apparent brutal violations of the Geneva Convention – are doing the greatest harm to our reputation in the Arab world.
War is about anniliation of an enemy. Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States and we're waging war to destroy him and all allied with him. The lucky foes surrender and wait it out in Gitmo. But no one delights in any of this and to say so suggests someone completely detached from the reality of war and death.