You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Al Jazeera nails it - [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-24-11 02:03 PM
Original message
Al Jazeera nails it -
Advertisements [?]

When news emerged that the perpetrator of the murders - the terrorist - was a man whose religion and skin pigmentation closely resembled those of the editors of the NYT, the story changed. The terrorist became a deranged "Christian extremist" whose tactics clearly mirrored "Al Qaeda's brutality and multiple attacks". In that way, the paper linked the terrorist with Muslims, despite his strong antipathy for them.

All indications are that the hate-mongers - who are on the same side of this war, irrespective of religion - are winning in America. The unreflective, superficial, wan editors of the NYT are an indication of just how successful the right wing has been at eviscerating the left.

But not all liberals are created equal.

It is a credit to the Norwegian people that their prime minister did not respond to the terror attack with scorched-earth rhetoric or a carpet-bombing campaign. A real liberal with strong principles, he did not succumb to fear or vicious speculation.

Instead, he pledged to strengthen Norwegian democracy. This is what he said shortly after the terrorist attacks: "Our answer is more democracy, more openness to show that we will not be stopped by this kind of violence." His words illustrate the difference between a society that takes liberal principles as a foundation and one that treats them as an inconvenient luxury.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
  -Al Jazeera nails it - malaise  Jul-24-11 02:03 PM   #0 
  - What? Those Norwegian wusses aren't going to invade Algeria? Or, initiate a "Patriot Act"?  Tierra_y_Libertad   Jul-24-11 02:06 PM   #1 
  - And Freepers are very very upset  malaise   Jul-24-11 02:09 PM   #2 
     - They're upset because they have their camouflage panties on backwards.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Jul-24-11 02:11 PM   #3 
        - How ironic that this mass murderer  malaise   Jul-24-11 02:13 PM   #4 
        - In her basement eating Cheetos and on any and all rw spewing sites..n/t  monmouth   Jul-24-11 02:49 PM   #8 
        - Please don't link any cheese nibble with the crazed right wing,  anamandujano   Jul-24-11 03:25 PM   #10 
        - Re: living with his mother. If I may comment on that, malaise...  truth2power   Jul-25-11 09:54 AM   #28 
           - +1 nt  ooglymoogly   Jul-25-11 11:04 AM   #38 
        - That's because some of them have "duty" bunk.  TxVietVet   Jul-25-11 12:46 PM   #43 
  - Perhaps he will be the one who finally finds  HysteryDiagnosis   Jul-24-11 02:14 PM   #5 
  - K & R  Scuba   Jul-24-11 02:17 PM   #6 
  - Another good article  malaise   Jul-24-11 05:15 PM   #13 
     - Has Limbaugh called him a 'leftist' yet?  louis-t   Jul-25-11 11:39 AM   #40 
  - Wow. Sanity speaks.  Kaleko   Jul-24-11 02:17 PM   #7 
  - K & R  dipsydoodle   Jul-24-11 03:19 PM   #9 
  - K&R  jwirr   Jul-24-11 03:48 PM   #11 
  - k & r  girl gone mad   Jul-24-11 04:28 PM   #12 
  - If I paid my taxes to them would I get shafted in a deal with the wealthy?  Fearless   Jul-24-11 11:29 PM   #14 
  - "Our answer is more democracy, more openness to show that we will not be stopped by this kind of..."  upi402   Jul-24-11 11:33 PM   #15 
  - When the Oklahoma City fed building was bombed, conservatives all across the country  McCamy Taylor   Jul-25-11 12:09 AM   #16 
  - Another similarity  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-25-11 12:24 AM   #17 
     - its mainstream  oldhippydude   Jul-25-11 02:45 AM   #21 
  - And the big 100th rec! Wow - this is GOOD! nt  gateley   Jul-25-11 01:24 AM   #18 
  - Kudos to Norway. =)  AverageJoe90   Jul-25-11 01:26 AM   #19 
  - K&R  suffragette   Jul-25-11 01:27 AM   #20 
  - Oh, fuck yeah! K&R.  Arrowhead2k1   Jul-25-11 02:55 AM   #22 
  - It really is brilliant  malaise   Jul-25-11 05:58 AM   #24 
  - K & R  democrank   Jul-25-11 05:38 AM   #23 
  - Excellent! K&R  Bryn   Jul-25-11 07:26 AM   #25 
  - Very well said.  formercia   Jul-25-11 08:26 AM   #26 
  - The most profound line for me was:  malaise   Jul-25-11 08:29 AM   #27 
     - Ah, yes, 'Good Germans.'  formercia   Jul-25-11 11:43 AM   #41 
     - Indeed  Pacifist Patriot   Jul-25-11 12:58 PM   #44 
  - Thank you -- the answer is more democracy --  defendandprotect   Jul-25-11 10:02 AM   #29 
  - I can only wish  JEB   Jul-25-11 10:12 AM   #30 
  - Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg  riverwalker   Jul-25-11 10:19 AM   #31 
  - The problem is Conservatism  Glaisne   Jul-25-11 10:31 AM   #32 
  - They rush to  Smilo   Jul-25-11 10:32 AM   #33 
  - Wow. Excellent.  kestrel91316   Jul-25-11 10:33 AM   #34 
  - And that's why Norway is a great place to live.  bemildred   Jul-25-11 10:46 AM   #36 
  - If I were younger and in better health,  dgibby   Jul-25-11 10:55 AM   #37 
  - Oh my! An actual adult in charge.  Solly Mack   Jul-25-11 11:36 AM   #39 
  - You're dead wrong.  tcaudilllg   Jul-25-11 11:45 AM   #42 
  - Our nation shits on liberals when we made the country what it once was a great nation,  ej510   Jul-25-11 01:02 PM   #45 
  - A great picture of the people of Norway  Ferret Annica   Jul-25-11 01:32 PM   #46 
  - thank you for posting.. kick and recommend  Douglas Carpenter   Jul-25-11 01:35 PM   #47 
  - Fundies make me sick, all of them, no exceptions at all. However, our country is right now dying  Sarah Ibarruri   Jul-25-11 02:09 PM   #48 

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC