The NY Times:
A Myanmar opposition leader who was arrested during last month’s mass protests against the junta died due to torture during interrogation, an activist group said on Wednesday.
In Washington, the United States threatened new sanctions against Myanmar after media reports of the death of Win Shwe.
“The junta must stop the brutal treatment of its people and peacefully transition to democracy or face new sanctions from the United States,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.
The White House did not say what additional sanctions it was considering on the former Burma, but it called for a full investigation into Win Shwe’s death.
This presents a tough call for the patriots at Townhall/the NRO/Red State. Do they get outraged at this murder, do they argue it was just a few bad apples on the night shift, or do they present the legal case for enhanced interrogation techniques?
Typo fixed, as usual.
I’ll take option D) The Myanmar military regime is a brutal dictatorship, much like the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussien. Democrats clearly sympathize with the Myanmar military regime, because of its communist leanings and dark skin. We’d totally do something about this, but the Democrats would oppose it. Myanmar is, therefore, the Democrats’ fault. Vote Republican in ’08.
The Other Steve
Zifnab has a winner!
C’mon, we haven’t tortured that many prisoners to death. We only know about two or three.
I’m going for “ignore it entirely”.
Bye-bye, moral high ground.
I’m not sure what you are talking about John. These guys are torturing people. We have been clear that we only perform extraordinary renditions and enhanced interrogation techniques. It’s a big difference. One is torture, the other is not, by definition. The big mistake was the junta not having a good PR campaign like our guys do. We also have the moral high ground on our side because we are the United States and they are not, and everyone knows when we do those things (which no still isn’t torture of course) it is for everyone’s own good.
Ahhh, put its much simplier than that.
Bush said “We don’t torture”
See, thats it. We’re done. They torture, we don’t (if you have problems, please speak to Billy down in Cell Block B, and he’ll explain it to you, long and hard.)
The Other Steve
When I first read the title I thought it said Let the Lap Dancing Begin in Earnest.
I was so there, then you started spewing your Bush Derangement Syndrome shrillitude and I was disappointed.
On the plus side, we now have a target country to deport reactionary torture apologists.
Didn’t Clinton do it first?
Option E. Dana Perino has already provided the answer: Those tortured in Myanmar are “very innocent”. The people we torture don’t meet that standard; after all, they may only be “not guilty”.
No, he was too busy dismantling the military, destroying our economy and letting Saddam and bin Laden plan 9/11 together to do these sorts of things. Have you been watching Communist News Network instead of getting your information from a “Fair and Balanced”(TM) source?
John, you are on fire !
Your posts of late should be reprinted in the all major news outlets in the country in the main op-ed sections.
You forgot a couple, Mr. Moderate.
Also, you need more concern trolling if you’re going to use that handle. Go into the BJ archives and search for posts by Cassidy if you need some guidance.
Oh right. Sometimes I get the talking points mixed up…I don’t know why–there aren’t that many of them and they’re repeated again and again. I guess I’m just slow. I’ll go listen to some more of Rudy’s speeches and review my flashcards.
Thanks for the tip. I’m in a sarcastic mood today, so I like player the Schmegma Dildohead McFreeper until a real one comes along :-D. I have a feeling they stopped reading John’s anti-American communist drivel a long time ago.
I second that comment! I used to be an occasional lurker here, but this blog is now on my daily reading list.
I’m with Pb. They won’t say a thing about it. There’s no way to spin it that would help them, so it never happened.
It’s not torture if you call them enemy combatants…
until the most recent exposure…which seems to have attracted a new crop of lame wingnut arguments.
What, already you’re not able to think like a wingnut just because you’re getting a new voter registration card? Sweet Jesus, easy answer. He didn’t die of the torture, he died of unrelated natural causes. Don’t badmouth
torturealternative interrogation simply because of a coincidence.
Like this guy who was in our custody. Sure he was being interrogated while no doubt getting two types of fruit during the process, but he died of natural asphyxiation accidentally. His first death certificate said so. You gotta keep dry cleaning and sleeping bags away from these guys because if you’re not watching they irresistibly dive head first into them. Crazy Iraqis. Afghanis too.
Phew. I thought this was another Craig List.
You mean none of the Tightie fRighties have suggested:
1. The detainee was a terrorist.
2. Things like this wouldn’t happen if the DemoNcRats would just stop complaining about the President’s plan to unleash peace via war on the world.
3. Of course the Burmese government won’t listen to the President when he murmurs: “Hey, maybe you guys could cut that out?” (while glancing uneasily at China). The Leftards are so rude to him other nations have lost respect.
4. The kerning is off on the photos.
Maybe they’re too busy trying huffing and puffing because someone dared to mention Turkey was once unpleasant to a large chunk of its population.
Yeah, I thought it was more Larry Craig stuff, too. And I’m so ashamed that I just HAD to look.
OOH!!! The “junta” is shaking in their military boots over that one. Ever since they heard Dubyah speak out for spreading Freedom & Democracy all over the world they’ve been watching their P’s & Q’s, just praying they could slide in under this Administration’s Tyranny Radar.
Now that they’ve overplayed their hand, well, they’re in BIG trouble, you’ll see – You betcha’.
Pickled Bush said that if the Burmese don’t do something soon, then chickengeorge will be forced to act.
I guess we’ll be invading Thailand next.