Sunday, September 17, 2006

What do Gitmo and Auschwitz have in common?





They're both vacation resorts! Really!

At least according to Rush Limbaugh. But don't take his word for it! Guantanamo just released a fun facts list:


1. The detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility include bin Laden's bodyguards, bomb makers, terrorist trainers and facilitators, and other suspected terrorists.

2. More money is spent on meals for detainees than on the U.S. troops stationed there. Detainees are offered up to 4,200 calories a day. The average weight gain per detainee is 20 pounds.

3. The Muslim call to prayer sounds five times a day. Arrows point detainees toward the holy city of Mecca.

4. Detainees receive medical, dental, psychiatric, and optometric care at U.S. taxpayers' expense. In 2005, there were 35 teeth cleanings, 91 cavities filled, and 174 pairs of glasses issued.

5. The International Committee of the Red Cross visits detainees at the facility every few months. More than 20,000 messages between detainees and their families have been exchanged.

6. Recreation activities include basketball, volleyball, soccer, pingpong, and board games. High-top sneakers are provided.

7. Departing detainees receive a Koran, a jean jacket, a white T-shirt, a pair of blue jeans, high-top sneakers, a gym bag of toiletries, and a pillow and blanket for the flight home.

8. Entertainment includes Arabic language TV shows, including World Cup soccer games. The library has 3,500 volumes available in 13 languages -- the most requested book is "Harry Potter."

9. Guantanamo is the most transparent detention facility in the history of warfare. The Joint Task Force has hosted more than 1,000 journalists from more than 40 countries.

10. In 2005, Amnesty International stated that "the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has become the gulag of our times."


Now, just for fun, let's compare this list with an Auschwitz fact list from a Holocaust skeptic:

RED CROSS VISITS!

Supposedly the most dreaded of German camps, Auschwitz was repeatedly visited by Red Cross inspection teams who were allowed to speak to prisoner representatives alone,in order to hear first-hand of any mistreatment, chicanery, interruption of mail and parcel delivery, health concerns, food and ration matters etc.


DENTAL FACILITIES!

Camp dental facilities,,attended by camp inmate dentists and nurses to deal with the inmates' dental problems - before the war there 43% of Germany's dentists were Jewish -


MEDICAL CARE!

Camp sick barracks ,attended by camp inmate doctors and nurses to deal with the inmates' health problems - much like the now common walk-in clinics in modern US communities - A camp hospital to which expert surgeons even from the famous Berlin "Charité" Surgical Clinic were dispatched to deal with difficult cases -


HIGH CALORIE MEALS!

Camp kitchen -one of the largest service buildings in Auschwitz, with state-of-the-art cooking facilities. There were twelve of these throughout the camp.

* The caloric content of the diet was carefully monitored by camp and Red Cross delegates. It only deteriorated in Auschwitz and other camps towards the end of the war when German railroads and the entire transport system collapsed under constant aerial attacks -


RECREATION ACTIVITIES!

A camp theater where live plays could be performed by camp inmate actors -

Camp sculture class conducted for interested, talented inmates by professional sculptors

Camp art classes for inmates

Camp university with lectures on every topic under the sun, from health, the arts, philosophy, science, economic issues etc.

A camp cinema - where every week different, mainly cultural and non-political films were shown -


And last, but not least, RELIGIOUS FACILITIES!

Camp religious facilities made available on a rotating basis to every denomination for religious services -


Don't listen to the Bush people who say that it's insulting to compare Bush to Hitler! Take it as a compliment! THEY'RE BOTH SUCH NICE PEOPLE FOR BEING SO GENEROUS TOWARDS THEIR PRISONERS!

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