Ken MacLeods' blog is from a unique view - former communist turned libertarian. Perhaps better known as one of the UKs' foremost writers of science fiction.
Impeach General Suharto NOW!!!
You've got a great car, what's wrong with it today?
I can only hope they're not singing it near Schumi!!
This one is going to run and run, giving people who believe in compulsory displays of patriotism the chance to show how patriotic they are.
How many Americans know how the flag was originally saluted? Or that the pledge was amended twice? Or even that the original author was a Christian Socialist? (No doubt McCarthy would have had him denounced in the 1950s if he'd been around.)
Even the placement of a comma has been the subject of a Congressional debate!
Anyway, I've never understood how this quasi-military ritual was supposed to benefit people - it's likely to bore some and irritate others. Sure, some people feel proud and patriotic when reciting it, but nobodys' stopping them from reciting it voluntarily on their own free time. They can recite it a thousand times a day if they like - they can recite it until they turn blue in the face, but don't require others to do so, as it's against the faith of some, such as Jehovahs' Witnesses to recite pledges.
Wimar Witoelar, a respected Indonesian academic, has suggested that the Indonesian military are among the suspects for the Bali bombing. Kopassus, the counter-insurgency force, was also linked to the murder of a West Papuan leader, Theys Eluay.
If Kopassus is responsible, it wouldn't surprise me, given that organisations' record of atrocities in East Timor
It's doubly disturbing that civil liberties have been eroded in response to the atrocities of September 11th, 2001.
- It limits the freedoms of many innocent people who are not terrorists.
- It does little to actually bring the remaining September 11th attackers to justice.
To quote the Clash: "Know your rights".