Sorry about the title, in that I’m not actually sorry for my impolitic yet true observation that was made for explicitly provocative purposes; but polite society dictates that I offer a pro forma apology in such circumstances sort of way. Anyway, Joshua Foust being sensible on Ed Snowden:*
Russia is a state that is arguably even less mindful of its citizens’ rights than China; human rights groups are unanimous in their criticism of the country, for its persecution of civil rights activists, its harsh crackdown on protesters, its growing harassment of gays and lesbians, and years of unchecked murder of journalists. It is a strange place to seek refuge when one’s complaint is that America is a creeping police state.
It’s only strange if that’s your real complaint. When your real complaint that America is, well, America then it makes perfect sense to seek refuge with America’s avowed rivals. That said rivals are distinctly inferior places to live is irrelevant: that’s never bothered people like Snowden or Glenn Greenwald before, so why should they start now?
(Via Hot Air Headlines)
*But not being sensible on Bradley Manning. Ach, well, nobody’s perfect.