Tuesday 11 January 2011

Dale Carnegie, please...

Barely one day after Gerard Henderson tried to spin the apparently politically-motivated violence in Arizona into an Australian leftist issue (with the ABC -now sans Kerry O'Brien- as usual suspect), The Sydney Morning Herald publishes a link to the website "People OK with murdering Assange".

And, boy! oh, boy! isn't that website a veritable treasure trove of right-wing bigotry, imbecility and ignorance. How can Mr. Henderson possibly ignore this?

Just two examples:
"A dead man can't leak stuff... This guy's a traitor, he's treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I'm not for the death penalty, so... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch." Bob Beckel (Fox News commentator).

Find the video here and here.

Two little questions: Isn't to call for an illegal act defined as incitement to crime, murder in this case? Don't you need to be an American citizen to be a traitor to the United States?

And, to be fair to American right-wingers and to Mr. Henderson, the other fat man, right-end of the screen, appears to be... a "liberal"!
"Julian Assange is not an American citizen and he has no constitutional rights. So, there's no reason that the CIA can't kill him." John Hawkins (far-right blogger)

Unlike Mr. Beckel, at least Mr. Hawkins is right on this: Julian Assange is not an US citizen. This, however, does not mean he has no constitutional rights, or human rights, for that matter. Find Mr. Hawkins' text here.

For Christ's sake, please will someone give Julian Assange a copy of Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"?

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