On a day where the 1,5 million victims of the Nazi terror in the Auschwitz concentration camp are remembered, some German left-wing media stress the connection to - Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, where on November 9, 2003, (see update 2) former employees of Saddam Hussein had the misfortunes of being mistreated by a few U.S. guards.
The torture scandal of the US army in Abu Ghraib shows that sadism has a place in civilized nations, while Guantánamo Bay proves that the principle of the concentration camp, namely to provide a nationalized, radically lawless space, is being declared a respectable instrument in the "war against terrorism". If they had had a choice, most prisoners of a concentration camp would have opted for something like the cages of Guantánamo Bay, where you at least had a chance to survive. But this doesn't change the fact that the KZ (concentration camp) principle today is upheld with pride by the leading nation of the civilized world.
And the weekly "Die Zeit" prints an article by one Francine Prose, an American novelist (who protested against the election of George W. Bush still in January 2005, which tells you something about her post-election psychological condition). Prose, too, holds it necessary to compare Auschwitz to "Guantanamo" and "Abu Ghraib".
How things have changed. In the post-war past in Germany, the Right wanted to minimize the atrocities committed in the concentration camps in the name of Germany. Now the Left - in their never ending desire to smear the current U.S. administration - minimizes the image of the holocaust by comparing the years-long gassing of millions of jews in Nazi Germany to the mistreatment of a limited number of Iraqis on just one day or on a couple of days. And this comparison (1, 2) has already become something of a tradition in the German media.
You may throw up now...
Update 1: I think it is appropriate to put the taz quote into a pictorial context...
taz: "If they had had a choice, most prisoners of a concentration camp would have opted for something like the cages of Guantánamo Bay, where you at least had a chance to survive. But this doesn't change the fact that the KZ (concentration camp) principle today is upheld with pride by the leading nation of the civilized world."
Hmm... "most people". Some of course would have preferred to stay with Dr. Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. Just in case they needed to see a doctor...
Update 2: Checking a trustworthy source it seems that the infamous November day at Abu Ghraib was the 8th, not the 9th.