Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Chickenshit freepers once again trying to drown out the voice of reason

This time their target is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who dared to publicly question the official dogma that the 9-11 attacks occurred because "they hate us for our freedoms":
Actress stirs up new firestorm with comments questioning U.S on 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - Maggie Gyllenhaal has waded into sensitive political waters by raising questions about Sept. 11 and American foreign policy.

The 27-year-old actress, who stars in a new film about the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, said in an interview last week that the United States "is responsible in some way" for the attacks. A fan website devoted to Gyllenhaal was overwhelmed with criticism, forcing the site's editor to remove the ability to post messages "because it's gotten too outta hand."

In a statement issued Monday by her publicist, Gyllenhaal said Sept. 11 was "an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world. Because it is always useful as individuals or nations to ask how we may have knowingly or unknowingly contributed to this conflict.

"Not to have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray the victims of 9/11."
Everyone knows the official freeper story, namely that "America's role in the world" is to spread "freedom" and "democracy"--and never let this "truth" be questioned in light of tedious historical facts like the long American tradition of interfering in the affairs of, or even forcefully overthrowing, foreign governments who dare to enact policies unfavorable or threatening to American interests. Spare me. The United States has demonstrated on numerous occassions that it is perfectly willing to overthrow a democratically elected government to install a dictator who is more willing to accomodate American expectations. And yet we expect everyone in the world to love us.

Perhaps the most tiresome aspect of all this is the right-wing belief that the truth can be changed simply by repeating the standard lies over and over, as loudly and by as many people as possible. As if the truth can be determined solely through majority acclaimation. As if by complaining loudly enough, they can get all those pesky third world people to shut the fuck up and love America, in spite of the screwing they are getting on our behalf.

Maggie Gyllenhaal was already one of my favorites--now I guess I'll have to start worshipping her or something....


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