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Then they came for the bloggers.
20.03.2005 - 17:03 / filled under default
Guilty until proven to be innocent - is it really enough to say "I'm sorry"?
And, Jeremy, as an American, I'm sorry for my countrymen's behavior. Welcome to America.This leaves me with the question: Do Americans really think, this is enough?
I have encountered many Americans in the past months, talking about the elections, situation of the country, yada yada. Most of them made very specific comments about their country like "give me a chance to leave, and I will never come back" or "this is not my country anymore". It seems as if Americans do care more about the moral impact on their children because of Nippelgate than they are afraid of sending their childs over to Iraq.
"Guilty until proven otherwise, but the rules of what more makes you guilty change at random." is not a clever message to sent out to the world. If I am a business traveller, and I can not make sure, whether or not I arive at all, I will schedule my meetings somewhere else.
Do I believe all of the stories are true? Do I believe that every entering person is harrased? No. But to be honest: Do I need to take a chance on that?
It is like a beautiful maiden who makes flirty eyes to you at a dance. But the moment you start smiling at her and lend her a hand to invite her to a dance, she chops of your hand. After seing this happen several times to other people, would you try your luck? Even if you saw her dance many times without a problem? After all, you will only get a dance, but might loose your hand.
What would you do? Right. Other countries have beautiful daughters too. Just stay away from the creepy one.
America in some way still is the center of many things. But the rest of the world started to look so much more appealing the last years. Not because they suddenly are getting better, but because US is chasing us away from its borders.
Which brings me back to Scoble's post - and the other comments I received over time from US citizens. My question to you: Do you really think, it is enough to say »I'm sorry« or »The country is divided, and you will find me on the not creepy side«? I am not asking you to do something for me, but for yourself.
As much as I love the blogosphere, and do believe, blog entries can have an impact, I am not out of touch with reality: Writing about it is not enough. You need to do more than that to get your country back. Or should I say 'not loose more than you already have'?
First They Came for the JewsYou might say, I should stay quite, as I am not involved. I am involved, because I live on the same planet, as you do. And if the one remaining superpower nation on earth goes back to the middle ages (only with more deadly gadgets), this is of my concern too.
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