Monday, June 09, 2008

The Closed Minds of Those Against Free Speech

Last week has passed but this issue is far from over. This past weekend, the serial liar, Khurrum Awan, met with Barbara Hall and others to dwell in their collective victimhood. Clearly they have not learned a thing. History tells us that they never will.

I'm currently reading Tony Judt's excellent book, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. In it, he cites poll after poll taken of the German people after they were defeated in World War 2. Consistently, most were non-apologetic and many denied that the Holocaust ever occurred. In the American sector, any German who wanted food rations had to sit through "re-education" films. But it became clear that in the darkened theatres most would turn their backs and cover their ears.

I am NOT making any kind of direct comparison between the Awans and Halls of modern day Canada and the German people of the 1940's & 50's. I'm simply providing a historical precedent as evidence that once a person is locked in a particular mindset, it's difficult, if not impossible to open their minds to any other point of view. Victimhood is a powerful emotion to cling onto and difficult to break free of.

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