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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

It's Not About the Haves and Have-Nots

Do the youngsters on top of this plain minivan look like they are showing off their wealth?


Yet, this is exactly the picture the New York Times chose to illustrate journalist Sarah Boxer's dumb thesis on the We're Not Afraid website:
But more and more, there's a brutish flaunting of wealth and leisure. Yesterday there were lots of pictures posted of smiling families at the beach and of people showing off their cars and vans. A picture from Italy shows a white sports car and comes with the caption: "Afraid? Why should we be afraid?" ... We're Not Afraid, set up to show solidarity with London, seems to be turning into a place where the haves of the world can show that they're not afraid of the have-nots.
This is not a war between the West's "haves" and the "have-nots" of Africa and Latin America. This is a war between Freedom and those who hate it. I'd recommend Boxer read The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror by Natan Sharansky.

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