Friday, January 14, 2011
Andrei Sitov, Russian reporter, points to America's darker side
That's like MSNBC calling Rush Limbaugh biased. Russia. OK, let's break it down a bit. A nation with a history of violence that makes America's history look almost Amish by comparison. A country whose revolutions killed about as many as soldiers were killed in WWII. A country whose reign of terror for the last century wracked up the second worst body count in human history (and hint, Nazi Germany isn't number one). A country that even now is cracking down on such pesky freedoms as Americans take for granted, assuming - I suppose - that because they have a hot, young spy we won't notice. A country where journalists and other dissenters turn up dead for some strange reason or another. That Russia. And here, a Russian journalist, Andrei Sitov, tries to do what other countries and cultures have been doing to America and Europe for about fifty years: he tries to say 'doesn't the speck in your eye demand your concession that those logs hanging out of our eyes are no worse?' Mr Gibbs, well done.