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December 30, 2007



Oliver Stone's take on FARC [1]

"I have no illusions about the FARC, but it looks like they are a peasant army fighting for a decent living," Stone said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press at his hotel bar. "And here, if you fight, you fight to win."

And Chavez [2]

The Oscar-winning director, who made a 2003 documentary about Cuban President Fidel Castro as well as the movie "Platoon," called Chavez a "great man" and said "I'm a fan."

1. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071230/ap_on_en_mo/colomba_hostages_stone

2. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/29/news/People-Stone.php


I've seen that. I like Stone's movies but he should stay from this situation. Joining the negotiating team is only going to complicate the situation more than it already is.

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HalfSigma [1] likes punchy rhetoric, but his point about the left and rooting-for-the-underdog is right on

[1] http://www.halfsigma.com/2007/12/liberals-are-an.html


Dan, on an unrelated note, I noticed on a past post of yours that you like VNV Nation. Do still you listen to them? I have all of their albums up from Empires.


I've been watching HalfSigma and his analysis is a breath of fresh air as it's almost cruelly unapologetic and heaves the essence of political correctness right off the ship. Some of the commentary is patently ignorant but the substance he presents is enlightening.


One must distinguish between terrorists like the Baader-Meinhof gang and radical movements that do not use violence but are not content just to work within the confines of electoral politics. The "ballot box" and "the bomb" do not exhaust the available political alternatives. If they did, we'd be in trouble.



Your point is valid, but my article is about those who glorify left-wing terrorists and tyrants and explicitly reject democratic processes (which include civil disobedience, protest, etc). The "ballot box" was meant to encompass those things.

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