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Europeans Again

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I have no idea who this guy is, but he seems popular in his little corner.  A singer named Morrisey appears to have tapped into Europe’s decadence:

Manchester music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan’s death live on stage during a concert – and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead.

Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer’s Disease, had passed away.

And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey – who is no stranger to controversy – then said he wished it had been the current President, George W Bush, who had died. 

As despicable as cheering at the death of another is, I suppose it makes perfect sense when you’ve rhetorically demonized and dehumanized the enemy.  Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam (and his sons) are all villains in the classic sense – the ovens, Gulags, and shredders filled the mass graves.  When men like Ronald Reagan are called “Hitler” is diminishes the victims of the Nazi butcher and the person speaking.  It did not diminish Reagan then – or Bush today.  So too does cheering by some music fans in Manchester tell us about the diminished state of Europe.  It appears to be shrinking ever faster.

via Drudge


Written by martinipundit

June 8, 2004 at 8:54 am

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