I was just speaking to Anne Applebaum, author of the fascinating, horrifying Gulag: A History, for an upcoming interview in the magazine. I mentioned the L.A. Times editorial calling Guantanamo a gulag.
Her response: "That's just silly. It's not a right comparison. What the gulag was was a system of forced labor. While there may be many things wrong in Guantanamo Bay, it?s not a system of forced labor. They?re not working people to death."