April 3rd, 2007
|12:02 am - Freedoms|
How long has this swill been peddled--people "hating our freedoms".
"Communists hate our films because they show a way of life that they hate--a life where free men work and play in the ways of freedom."
-Eric Johnston, MPAA President, 1945-1963
Rhetoric that is recycled today.
And a quote from a former Senator from IL and Presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson:
"The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression.
Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights to freedom of the mind are concealed under
the patriotic cloak of anti-Communism." --- Adlai Stevenson, 1952.
As Boston Public said, "Today it's the cloak of anti-terrorism."
The first quote, in light of the second, shows those who peddle "freedom hating terrorist" as waste deep in double-speak.
Besides, who swallows this "hating our freedom" swill? Does anybody? Are there people out there who embrace this "freedom hating terrorists" manta while supporting wire-taps and racial profiling and the gaol that is Guantanamo? Isn't the hypocrisy obvious?
And while I'm complaining, I'll mention this self-righteousness about the British sailors being captured. If they were captured from Iraqi waters, which is dubious at best since Iraq and Iran have no agreed upon boundary in the Persian Gulf, they should be returned. It's saber-rattling and a terribly stupid move by Iran. But at least the prisoners aren't naked, staked on top on one another in human pyramids with soldiers taking pictures of them. And didn't the U.S. invade an Iranian consulate in Iraq in January? And the 5 Iranians captured then?
So throw in a dash of humility, maybe, when speaking of prisoners.
Things aren't black and white. Never.