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Of Course, It Was Only a Misunderstanding

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

The latest spin on “apology” comes from Sen. Richard Durban (D-IL), #2 Minority Leader in the US Senate.

As most people in the world (friends and enemies) who can see lightning and hear thunder are aware by now, Durban compared how American troops are treating terrorist prisoners at Gitmo to Hitler’s Nazis, Stalin’s Communist gulag guards and Pol Pot’s murderers.

But after many days of delay and half-measures, Durban now recognizes that “some” people “misunderstood” his remarks. Therefore, Durban wants to offer his “apologies to those offended by his words.”

The word “some” would have you believe that really not too many people are “offended” and the word “misunderstood” would have you believe that even those “not too many” have a problem comprehending a plain-speaking fellow like the Senator. Both “some” and “misunderstood” are pure plastertalk.

In fact, a careful study of Durban’s spinspeak shows that he still is not saying that what he said is not true; that his allegation that American conduct in handling Muslim terrorists is in any way different from the conduct of the notorious bloody butchers of 30 to 40 million innocent civilians in Europe and Asia.

The Durban spin leaves the implication of possible heinous atrocities available to anyone who would like to believe it. But even so he wants you to know that no matter what they may be doing he “supports our troops.”