Week in Review
The biggest names in the entertainment community are mostly liberals. Why? Because they are more enlightened than most, of course. Liberals revel in being smarter and more informed than those knuckle-dragging Neanderthal Republicans. Who are just so stupid. As anyone is who votes for them. Yet these smart people are often surprised to learn that something they did wasn’t all that smart (see Lopez sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Turkmenistan head by Nekesa Mumbi Moody posted 6/30/2013 on Yahoo! News).
Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to the leader of Turkmenistan during a show, but her representative said she wouldn’t have performed there at all if she had known there were human rights issues in the country…
Lopez’s publicist says the event was vetted by Lopez’s staff: “Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended…”
In 2011, Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank profusely apologized after attending a birthday party for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who had been accused of torture and killings; she said she didn’t have a full understanding of the event.
Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey and Usher were paid handsomely to perform at parties linked to the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. All later announced plans to donate their performance fees to charity and said they hadn’t known the leader was connected to terrorism.
Granted, most Americans probably could not find Turkmenistan on a map. But they should know that it’s one of those former Soviet republics in central Asia. The crossroads of ancient history. And beyond. Thousands of years of history. And thousands of years of past wrongs to right. Because of this some of these former Soviet republics don’t exactly have stellar human rights records. Staunch advocates of human rights (as most of the entertainment elite are) should know that there is some bad stuff happening in the area. And should at least look up the country they’re going to on Wikipedia.
Chechnya is a hotbed of Islamist activity. And one of the more brutal places in the world. Islamist separatist militants fighting for a free Chechnya occupied a Beslan school in a hostage crisis in 2004. Ending in the death of 186 children. Chechen Islamists also were responsible for the 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis. With the demand that the Russians leave Chechnya. That ended with the Russians pumping in some gas into the theater to subdue the terrorists. Which it did. But the gas also killed about 128 of the hostages. Incidentally, the Boston Marathon bombers had a Chechnya connection, too. The fighting in the area can be brutal. And the human rights can be lacking.
How anyone cannot know that Moammar Gadhafi was a sponsor of terrorism is beyond me. One of the greatest acts of terrorism was the Libyan sponsored bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland. Which was in retaliation for Ronald Reagan bombing Libya. Which he did in response to Libya’s bombing of a German discotheque frequented by American service men. Gadhafi was a thorn in the America’s side during the Eighties. And he was still sponsoring terrorism until he renounced terrorism after George W. Bush invaded Iraq following 9/11. He was right up there with Saddam Hussein and the State of Iran when it comes to America’s greatest enemies. Yet these people had no idea he was connected to terrorism.
These are not the most informed people in the world. Yet they are treated as if they are. And when they make a political endorsement people will listen to them. Even if they have no idea what’s going on in the world of foreign policy. But they will tell people who to vote for to run the nation’s foreign policy. And the sad thing is that these people probably don’t understand economics any better than they understand foreign policy. Yet they are making political endorsements. Which people are listening to. Because they sound so enlightened and smart. And nothing at all like those knuckle-dragging Neanderthal Republicans.
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