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Commentary :: International : Media : Politics
Two Enemies and Their Witnesses
13 Dec 2006
Why won’t George W. Bush meet for open dialogue with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
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With 9/11 came “national security” arguments for censorship, spying and torture. The US Administration virtually plays god when it comes to which ideologies will be broadcast and made clear and which will be cast to the flames.

If the same audience that hears Bush could hear him, the terrorist would have no purpose in resorting to destruction. The whole point of terrorism is to send a message that is not being received or transmitted through media, because their enemy oppressors/suppressors determine what can be broadcast.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited George W. Bush to join him in public dialogue, but the Whitehouse simply dismissed it as a distraction. I do not recall Bush himself making any comments.

One enemy says that the other cannot be appeased, but declines to engage in open dialogue with him, while the other has not had his fair share of the American microphone.

All of this could make us believe that free speech aids “the enemy” even though it actually limits or even imprisons him by revealing all venues in which he might exclusively appear. For starters, the real enemy will be the one doing the suppressing or refusing to attend an open appeal.

I must be among many who would love to see and hear Bush talk with Ahmadinejad, but we all know that Bush is not brave enough for such a face off in the court of public broadcast.

Public debate between international leaders is like jingling the “keys to the kingdom”, and the arrival of Judgment Day. How daring of Mr. Ahmadinejad…


Update today, December 14, 2006:

Ahmadinejad attended an anti-Holocaust convention, sharing with David Duke the claim that the underlying issue was freedom of speech. A case in point, people become aggressive when they are denied equal airtime, especially when their suppressors paint an ugly image of them.

Let’s get the real images out in the open. No more hiding. Let’s talk, talk, talk and then TALK! How long will the state take the Fifth in order not to incriminate itself - as long as the entailing miseries prevail?

What on this earth is the "Devil" that keeps humankind divided, dialogue or evasion?

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