Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Britain's "name and shame" game is lame

from this article:

In February Britain triggered a formal protest from the Netherlands after refusing entry to far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, maker of a controversial film linking Islam to terrorist attacks.
At the risk of becoming extreme themselves, Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says, "The government opposes extremism in all its forms and I am determined to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country."
"If you can't live by the rules that we live by ... we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded," she told the GMTV broadcaster.

Hmmm. Somehow that statement sounds more like an excuse than a good, sound reason, for their actions.

It appears that their intention is meant for good, but it is extreme all in its own. In fact, it has it's own foul stench associated with it. It's somewhat laughable even, because here they've set up public cameras on practically every street corner & building rooftop for the so-called purpose of monitoring terrorist activities, but yet they're banning people like Michael Savage and Geert Wilders from entering Britain. What exactly are these guys gonna do? Verbally blow up a city square with their words? Paint a picture of explosive proportions with a speech for every mind's eye within blasting distance to reel from it's force?? Be for real. These men hardly have an army of religious (or political) zealots behind them waiting for their slightest signal to cue them to walk out into the middle of a highly populated area in order to take out as many people with them as possible.

This whole "name and shame" thing is just another hypocritical action taken on by a government to portend to be do-gooders. It reeks of arrogance & hypocrisy.

The fact that Britain refused entry for a maker of a film that showed how those who follow the Islam faith are related to terrorist attacks indicates that Britain has fallen into the very blemished pot by which they have judged the blemished kettle.

There's a book that's been out for years. It is the result of a compilation of years and years worth of news clippings, published articles, agreements/pacts/"peace accords", speeches - some of which were recorded live unawares, and it is a remarkable historic record of everything the terrorist leaders have done and plan to continue doing. Memory loss does not overrule facts. Ignorance does not overrule facts. What happened -- and continues to happen -- exists side-by-side with memory loss. So for the person -- or generation -- who has memory loss... it could be bliss or it could be their downfall. Fortunately we have records that preserve what has happened which confirm what is currently continuing to happen today.

If a person/generation/people/government/country chooses to be ignorant, then it's to their own downfall. There was a saying that seems to be ignored: "To be well informed is to be well armed." But today, more and more, we see people who just don't wanna know. It's like they cannot handle the information anymore because then they might have to make a decision that may not be popular. They may have to choose something that the rest of their uninformed peers may not like... and therefore they will "go against the grain" as another saying goes.

The truth is lacking today. We are ruled by our own destructive devices personified in those who govern us -- all over the world. We have been "given over" to what is in the hearts of the people. The majority truly does rule in this case... because it is a minority who does not desire the things that the majority seem to want.

The minority want the truth. No matter how ugly it is. The minority would rather make well-informed, thoughtful, and careful decisions based on facts, historic occurrences of similar events, and the current manifestations of things put before them. They don't want to be pressured into making last minute, rash decisions, forced upon them by lack of time, lack of resources, lack of patience from others, lack of votes, lack of support, or lack of wisdom. A sound answer under pressure is: "If you want my answer right now, then the answer is 'No.' If you can wait, then that answer might change." (This works well when dealing with teenagers who sometimes get very impatient with their parents.) We train others how they will treat us. If we respond in a certain way to the temper tantrums, bawling out, and crying of those who want things their way, then we train them that such behavior will give them that response... and that is how they will continue to deal with people in all their relationships, hoping to elicit the same response each time. They may stop for awhile & pretend to be changed -- but when the same behaviors come forth from them time after time, year after year, generation after generation, ruler after ruler -- then either the one with the behavioral problems is a problem... or the one who allows the behaviors to continue is a problem.

When someone writes a book or creates a film which documents historic facts and presents manifestations of elements that continue to exist from before we were born -- and when that documented information is not to our liking ...because maybe it does not fit within our limited perception -- then how can we make a sound decision to suddenly shun the author or filmmaker? Sure, the truth sucks at times... it hurts at times... it may even make one angry, but it is what it is. It only sucks when we've been taught lies all our lives through traditions of men and vain conversations of the world. It only sucks when those lies come from those in authority who have the power to alter truth. It only hurts when we are not willing to embrace the truth. We only get angry because everything we thought we knew was wrong. It's offensive. It may even make us angry because it exposes our weaknesses. But our "feelings" have nothing to do with the truth. When our feelings have come and gone -- the truth will still stand.

And if that's how one wishes to live -- being ignorant of truth -- then ... one day... they're going to have a very rude awakening. And all their "coping" mechanisms will fail. If one can't deal with the truth today? What makes them think they'll be able to deal with it tomorrow? When it comes full-force "in your face"... unavoidable... on full display... demanding a response?

We already saw how the ignorant reacted when the twin towers came down in New York. And yet... that was just a small incident.

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