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Saturday, June 18, 2005

 
It turns out that Amnesty International actually had the gall to ask an actual survivor of the Soviet Gulags to defend their outrageous statements. He refused.

Comments:
Swigert calls them "Amnesty Irrational." Right on the money.
 
This dissident had the right idea. By criticising in this fashion, AI is damaging its own credibility. The struggle for human rights is a good one, on par with antifascism and abolitionism, but when its leading advocates have discredited themselves, we all suffer.

In his own words:

"Words are important. When Amnesty spokesmen use the word "gulag" to describe U.S. human rights violations, they allow the Bush administration to dismiss justified criticism and undermine Amnesty's credibility. Amnesty International is too valuable to let it be hijacked by politically biased leaders."

I think AI does this so they can get high-level Bush administration officials, even the President himself, to respond. It's like advertising for them. They should realize that there is something called bad publicity.
 
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