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They Hate This Country

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In 'The Gulag Archipelago' Alexander Solzhenitsyn describes one of the builders of the oppressive Empire, a certain Naftaly Frenkel. That person came to Russia after the revolution from Turkey. Through a series of shadowy activities he eventually became a confidant of the Secret Police, member of the Inner Circle and even talked to Stalin several times. He used his ingenious mind to serve a system in its inhuman efficiency. He was the one that used hunger, torture and death to engage the armies of slaves in building those Pyramids of the XXth Century; those enormous channels and gigantic plants, those dams and prisons. He became a general and died peacefully in his own bed. The last phrase in the description of this Stalin's monster is , 'I think he hated this country ( Russia- MS)'.


It is a dramatic discovery. There could be people who hate a certain country. Such individuals will do harm to it just to do harm. They might not even feel that they do harm. They might feel that they serve a purpose, a group, an ideology even. They might think they were just doing their job. But they do harm to the very soul of the country, to its land, its nature, its people. Such individuals are evil. They are destructionists.

A law professional had drafted, designed and polished the Patriot Act, that XXIst-Century mirror of the Stalin's decrees of the 1930s. That person tried hard to please his bosses. That was his job to please his bosses. At least that was how he understood that. And he unleashed the evil into the world blindly the same way hundreds of the Gestapo low- level officers did that. He disgraced himself and his profession. I think he hates this country.

An ultraconservative activist goes around the country and campaigns to close the US border. He is appalled at those Mexicans coming illegally. He urges the government to build a wall in the desert. That wall will first and foremost cut us off from the world. But he doesn't care in his puny rage. He is nuts. I think he hates this country.

A professional talker goes on TV and radio every day and spills venom on the people he /she never met. He/ she calls those people dirty names and openly wants them dead. Those are our fellow-citizens, but he/she does not care. He/ she raises a ruckus about other people wanting to be as happy as all of us in marriage. I think he /she hates this country.

A politician lies and provokes wars. Those wars are illegal, criminal and dangerous. We kill lots of innocent people and create deadly enemies throughout the world but that politician does not give a damn. I think he hates this country.

A televangelist monopolizes God. He claims in a sacrilegious fervor that he and only he can speak to God. He dares to state that God is only here. He makes us an enemy of the Humanity. I think he hates this country.

A political technologist earns money on death. He comes out on TV and wants more death. He wants draft. He wants wars. He wants our people to die. And then he openly comes out with money in his pockets and is hailed as a visionary. I think he hates this country.

A columnist openly discloses the name of the CIA operative thus endangering her life and other people as well. Not only is he not punished, but he gloats on that, comes openly out, defies people and gets even more money for it. I think he hates this country.

A group of dishonest and crooked individuals try to take advantage of the political situation and our unstable leadership for their own profit. They talk nonsense to the government, cook the books and instigate paranoia. They constantly promote fear and talk about the 'war of civilizations' . They use the country's resources for their own personal benefit and openly abuse the people of the country. They are marauders.
I think they hate this country.

We all know who those people are. We see them every day. They don't hide. I love this country. They hate it. Choose your side.

 

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