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Re: DARPA one year later...note to Americans
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: DARPA one year later...note to Americans
- From: Breen Ouellette <the_(_dot_)_man_(_at_)_breeno_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 10:10:15 -0600
Take a step back and keep this in mind: generally speaking, when we
Canadians talk about 'Americans' in a negative way, you should interpret
it as 'the American government' or sometimes even 'the current American
administration'. It seems obvious from Theo's context that this is what
he means. (sorry if I'm putting words in your mouth, Theo)
There are a lot of Americans who are not happy with the current
administration. Maybe the American readers on this list aren't. But
I'd wager at least some of you aren't too happy with the fact that your
government was hijacked by a daddy's boy with a silver spoon in his
mouth and daddy's cronies whispering in his ear. So look to the heart
of the matter: Canadians are mostly upset that from up here, it seems
like the American people just rolled over and accepted that someone
stole the presidency. I know that it's not the case: there are many
decent Americans pissed about it. I guess the problem is that it was
split so evenly down the middle that Americans would have been facing
another civil war if they'd really pushed the issue. I can understand
why nobody wants that, and why waiting until the next election was the
However, don't take our criticisms personally. They are criticisms
of your current administration, not the people of the US. Don't get
distracted by us throwing bricks, we are throwing them at Bush and you
should just keep throwing them at Bush as well. More people throwing
bricks at Bush, even if we aren't Americans, is not such a bad thing.
Thanks for the post, Theo. This thread isn't that far off topic -
OpenBSD has been, is, and hopefully always will be about freedom.
Software porjects, corporations, and governments that want to diminish
our freedoms are targetting OpenBSD as much as any other freedom loving
institution, and we should be aware of and discussing the issues.
Curtis Turner II wrote:
I wouldn't worry about it or get all worked up about it, you shouldn't either.
I'll still be throwing my hard earned American dollars to support obsd, eating pizza, and paying taxes to drop bombs on our enemies for a long time to come, whether or not an intelligent, yet ignorant foreigner says I'm a bad person.
And since we're after oil, Theo doesn't have to worry, he'll get to experience the United States' lust for oil growth soon, since Canada is now a larger petrolium resource than Iraq ( http://www.geotimes.org/mar03/NN_canada.html ). Of course the Iraquis under Saddam put up more of a fight than the Canadians will.
Oh, and Theo, Americans are "more special" than the rest of you. When our empire collapses in a few thousand years then you can say I told you so. But not yet.
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