Removed another blog from my reading: someone in Russia under a nick TomCody. Not for critique of our sanctions against Russia, our president and our feeble foreign policy*, as it might be construed from our exchange yesterday (although I still wonder why the hell he and others from same destination would not turn their righteous indignation towards their own Administration instead – after all, these are people they elected and pay their taxes to. America doesn’t owe them anything) – no, I removed him because he deleted my comments with expressed-above opinion.
As I have said many, many times here and elsewhere: nothing tells me quicker and more reliably if declared adherence to Western-democratic-liberal freedoms is genuine than behavior towards one’s commentators of opposite opinion. If someone’s dissenting view triggers tyrannical impulse to “shut someone’s mouth” by erasing their comments – this claim is false. Simple as that. [Naturally, trolls and bullies are excluded. Suffering fools might be tolerance, suffering obscenities from jerks is not an obligation].
* “TomCody” in his post repeated very popular (at the moment) view @liberal Russian blogosphere – that “Americans and Europeans” got punished (via shooting of Malaysian plane by Russian separatists in Donetsk) for not being more proactive earlier in stopping Russian military intervention in Ukraine. “Now the war came to American soil”, – he gloated -“Americans, once again, will see sealed caskets [with bodies of their compatriots] returning home. You, guys, need to start holding to your word or face the consequences “.
I have much more issues with current Administration than he could ever dream up – as anyone who ever read these pages notice – and lots of us will agree with Professor’s posts. But it is OUR problem, and nobody outside has a right to demand anything from our country, from us or from our government. Let along give us orders.