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Tue Feb 21, 2012, 02:13 PM

WHAT IS GOING ON IN SYRIA? Message from Michael Moore

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tabatha Feb 2012 OP
julian09 Feb 2012 #1
Boojatta Feb 2012 #3
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Response to tabatha (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 02:24 PM

1. Annoying music

 

but it is nothing with what the syrians are suffering.

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Response to julian09 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 03:01 PM

3. I have no complaint about the music.

 

Michael Moore's message at the end may, however, qualify for the adjective "annoying." However, I prefer to be more specific: his message was superficial and shallow.

On the other hand, if he has some accurate intuition about the future and the regime in Syria does collapse soon, then I will withdraw my complaint.

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Response to tabatha (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 02:55 PM

2. Transcript

 

The part of the video (3:31 to 3:58) that shows Michael Moore speaking:

Be brave. Don't give up. History's on your side. Every dictator, every despot, every bad person out there throughout history has gone down in flames. They all go sooner or later, no matter how bad, no matter how evil they are. History advances. The human race progresses, and that's what's happening now in Syria. I'm so proud of you.


How is that different from the elder Bush encouraging Kurdish rebels in Iraq?

For a long time in the USSR, anybody involved in a peaceful public protest against the regime was taken away to the gulag. Things didn't change in the USSR because the number of victims of the regime reached some magic number. It changed because of people who worked quietly within the system.

The Arab Spring has transformed a number of countries, but it's conceivable that Syria won't be one of them.

"every bad person out there throughout history has gone down in flames"

In hindsight, it wouldn't have been a good idea to encourage peaceful but open protest by Soviet citizens against Stalin's regime in the 1930s. Stalin didn't lose power until he died in 1953.

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Response to Boojatta (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 03:36 PM

4. Dictators, despots, and bad people often live long and complete lives

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Response to tabatha (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2012, 04:31 PM

5. Evil is not always brought down by good

Sorry, but those "pro-democracy" protestors are not exactly the warm, fuzzy type. These are people who have been waiting for decades to sieze their opportunity, and with the "Arab Spring" events decided this was their time to finally rid themselves of a leader who isn't like them. Who isn't a Sunni, whose wife doesn't don a ninja outfit, whose sect (Alawi) many even consider heretic, whose parliament consists of many women (most uncovered), and who even has a Christian among his cabinet. Is Assad a brutal dictator? Of course. Is the opposition any better? Hardly.

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