The latest U.S. Senator to become a member of the "Traitors' Hall of Shame" is Richard Durbin of Illinois, who recently spewed a senseless diatribe involving Guantanamo Bay military prison, where captured terrorists have never had it so good.

Durbin compared American prison guards and the prison to Hitler's Nazis, Stalin's gulags and Pol Pot, who slaughtered between one million and two million of his own people. It's no surprise that Al Jazeera, the Arab-language broadcast network, quickly picked up Durbin's idiotic blusterings and broadcast them throughout the Islamic world.

I won't go into Durbin's rationale for joining the politicos in "aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war." However, keeping in mind that we are at war, two quotes from past American heroes come to mind: Abraham Lincoln said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." The other was by cartoonist Walt Kelly's main character, Pogo, paraphrasing Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812: "We have met the enemy and he is us!"

E. Robert Nassikas, Astoria

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