Val Prieto wants to let you (and everyone else) know how a real gulag is run.
Some [in Cuba] have their arms wrapped in refrigerator coils which are powered 24/7, rendering such pain that the use of their limbs is forever atrophied. Others have cables clamped to their testicles and the other ends connected to car batteries, destroying not only their bodies, but their manhood, or, if they be lucky enough to ever be released from their hell, their ability to create a family.
Others, yet still, in the darkness of their cells, lying there naked, are doused in powdery chemicals that irritate their skin, so much so that their entire bodies are bloody from their desperate attempts at scratching the incessant itching.
And Rusty Shackleford documents the perversion of Honor, Courage, and Heroism as defined by the inventors of the gulag concept, the Soviet Union.
These massive prisons were used to weed out those that were even remotely suspected of having all but the most enthusiastic of feelings toward the Soviet system. Solzhenitsyn, for instance, found himself in a Siberian gulag for making the mistake of making a joke about Stalin in a letter.
To understand the sheer enormity of a single gulag one would have to envision medium sized cities made up entirely of the victims of forced relocation campaigns surrounded by a series of smaller cities made up entirely of slave laborers. Some of the gulags were so massive in geographic scale that they are hard to imagine. For instance, the deadly Kolyma gulag was really a series of forced labor camps in and around the massive gold mine and not a single prison. Think the size of US states, and not just Rhode Island and Deleware--think Kansas.So when your spokeswoman calls that other Cuba a gulag, excuse us if we sneer at her lack of perspective—historical and otherwise—and excuse us if we suspect that your agenda is something more sinister than is out in the open.
We know what you and your cohorts in the traditional media are doing: dripping water on the rock, attempting to wear truth and reality down.
UPDATE: AI USA Executive Director William Schulz (stop sniggering at that last name): "'Gulag' not the best analogy." Sheesh, Bill, ya think?
On to the next disinformation battle.