Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

New Zealander Greg Dixon tells us his thoughts about the documentary on Saddam done by Joel Soler. He doesn't hold back though. The first paragraph gives the game away.

The world seems to need its bogeymen. The West discovered a large number of them under its bed during the 20th century, from the Kaiser to Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Ho Chi Min and the Ayatollah Khomeini before demonising them and doing its best to get rid of them.

These men were figments of our imagination? We just didn't understand them and unfairly demonised them? We were just quivering children to fear these men who murdered tens if not hundreds of millions. These purveyors of fear who preached hatred?

He then goes on the diminish the work done by Soler.

While you expect this sort of reporting from America's press and television which, in the main, seems incapable of discerning the difference between cool fact and Bush administration blather, you would hope that an outsider, particularly a Frenchman, might offer something more.

He just doesn't seem willing to accept that what Soler risked his life and what he found is the truth. Saddam is truly evil and deserving of our efforts to "get rid" of him.

But as a questionably justifiable war draws closer, it would seem a better use of his nerves and our time to have delivered a documentary that told us what we really need to know.

And is it that Greg needs to know? That Saddam is a great guy and the West has just turned him into the bogeyman for their own nefarious purposes?

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