December 8, 2006

First as tragedy, then as farce, then as Diane Sawyer....

Via Kathy Shaidle, this, from a great annual column by Marvin Olasky on some of the worst from our "journalists."

...Children are starving in North Korea because of a real dictator, but ABC's Diane Sawyer, reporting from a school there on Oct. 19, said, "It is a world away from the unruly individualism of any American school. Ask them about their country, and they can't say enough." The clip showed a North Korean girl saying, in English, "We are the happiest children in the world."

Later, Sawyer said to the class: "You know 'The Sound of Music'?" Children's voices chorused, "Yes." Sawyer then sang with the class: "Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden son." Anchor Charles Gibson intoned, "A fascinating glimpse of North Korea."...

Un. Be. Leivable. How long? How long have fatuous western leftists been traveling to communist hell-holes to be shown the "model collective farm" or that "special" school or community where all the peasants or workers smile for the visitors? Can we say since somewhere in the neighborhood of 1917?

And it STILL GOES ON! The same stupid shit still goes on, despite being mugged by reality a thousand times. Dimwitskis STILL go to special collective farms where pretty plump-cheeked peasant girls smile for western cameras. (You think I'm kidding, right? Link.) They STILL aid mass-murdering dictators while telling themselves they are promoting "peace" and goodwill among nations.

And stupider yet, they still persist in thinking that a place like N Korea is a nation. And that one can influence it by interactions with "the people." It's not a nation of course, it's a slave-state owned by a regime. And one of the reasons we should be really grateful for President Bush, is that he has updated the 'Westphalian System" to recognize this fact. Part of the Bush Doctrine is that sovereignty is dependent on democratic legitimacy. This is desperately important, because the old system has been hijacked by despots and bandit-gangs who shelter their enormities under our normal tendency to allow nations to decide their own destinies.

And invariably get support from self-loathing westerners. (There's an Islamic terrorist version of the happy collective farm, by the way. The western journalist is kidnapped, then released unharmed a few weeks later, to report on how warm and loving and non-individualist the captors were.)

Posted by John Weidner at December 8, 2006 7:36 AM
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