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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Not the same league at all

In an obituary to Rosa Parks, who do you think should be the first woman named? Rosa Parks maybe? Or maybe someone who has been turned herself into a media parody? This is what we get from Dagens Nyheter, the equivalent of the New York Times in claiming the paper of record mantle in Sweden...
“Will the American War Mom Cindy Sheehan—who is repeatedly arrested for demonstrating outside the White House because she wants to know why her son had to die in Iraq—be equally famous for her civil disobedience as Rosa Parks, the black woman who refused to yield her bus seat to a white man on a cold winter night in 1955? We shall see.”
As the Stockholm Spectator says
Let me get this straight. Sweden’s paper of record is comparing the aggrieved mother of an American soldier who voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. military and was tragically killed in a war to liberate Iraqis from the iron grip of the Hussein crime family and their shredding machines, and whose acts of civil disobedience-lite are minutely orchestrated and carefully staged by big money lobby groups, public relations firms and professional activists…to a woman whose lone act of civil disobedience inspired a nascent civil rights movement and earned her a lifetime of death threats and persecution? Good grief, DN.
I especially like the "big-money orchestrated civil disobedience-lite" theme.

But yes, what the hell are they thinking? Who is going to remember the name Cindy Sheehan, or even her poor son's name, in ten years time?
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Posted by Chefen | 11/01/2005 02:55:00 AM


Blogger Chris said...

I see those non-existent shredding machines mentioned again.

11/01/2005 01:53:00 PM  

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