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The United States of Fear

It's a pretty lazy blogger that just cuts and pastes something he read somewhere else. But then again, all the kids are doing it, so here goes. I got quite a chuckle out of this, from Best of the Web Today:

Tales of terror from the New York Times (penultimate letter):
To the Editor:

The United States, once a close ally, is now a country to be feared. The interrogation methods President Bush acknowledges to exist are undoubtedly torture, no matter how often he repeats that they are not.

As a European, I am now afraid to visit the United States and will not do so unless I have to for my work for fear of doing something wrong at the airport and being detained for a prolonged if not indefinite period of time. I also do not to dare express critical views in e-mail messages to American colleagues and friends, for fear they will get in trouble with authorities. This is how my contacts with the United States, a once friendly nation, have evolved.

Kees Schepers
Antwerp, Belgium, Oct. 6, 2007

Kees Schepers is afraid. He is very afraid. Then again, he's not afraid to denounce America on the pages of America's third most widely read newspaper. That may make him the bravest man in Belgium.


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he cares about his american colleagues and friends, but not the new york times! now bush knows and is gonna get them!

If this guy isn't the Head of State for Belgium then the CIA can off-him. :-)

Unless he went into hiding, he's probably dead already. Brave and smart don't often go together. I hear the CIA have trained assassins in every city of the world. With one phone call, they can kill anyone faster than you could order them a pizza.

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