I am the honorable flamingo. What you read here might make you smile, make you think, or make you wonder. This is the world as I see it, from the view of a pink, long legged, slightly awkward bird.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Finally, A Country That Stands Up For Freedom Of Speech

A lot has been said and written about the Holocaust conference in Iran, and most of it has been negative. I think that these naysayers are missing the point of the whole thing. Just because the conference happened to be made up of mostly people who deny the historical genocide of millions of Jews and other minorities doesn't mean it was a hate conference. They are just trying to get to the truth. Besides there were mainstream holocaust speakers there, I'm sure of it. I'm sure of it because David Duke says so, and why would he lie, he doesn't hate Jews, he said so himself on CNN.

All this should not overshadow the real reason for this conference, however: freedom of speech. Western countries have been trampling on it for too long, and what better place to make a stand against these injustices than in Iran. I can only hope that Iran will next set its sights on the jailing of journalists and the horrible way in which the West treats their women. Only then will liberal democracies realize that their oppressive policies will no longer be tolerated.

David Duke isn't a man who should be looked down upon. So he was Grand Wizard of the most notorious hate group in the world, he's just a man in search of the honest, fair and balanced truth. And for those of you who think Grand Wizard is sort of a candy ass title for the leader of the Ku Klux Klan, you're probably right, but that doesn't change the facts. Plus he has a doctorate now, albeit one from a controversial Ukrainian University mired in accusations of anti-semitism. He earned that Ph.D., and he earned the right to refer to himself as doctor...every time he speaks in public.

Besides, how bad could David Duke really be, Time Magazine just named him the 2006 Person of the Year.