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Reader comment on item: Intimidating the West, from Rushdie to Benedict

Submitted by Charles Fortner (United States), Sep 28, 2006 at 18:57

"we are so far sunk in superstition and tyranny that we may be now beyond the capacity of those manly virtues inculcated by Roman ethics (courage, magnanimity, honesty, prudence, frugality) to restore us to our proper manly liberties."

This paraphrase of Milton in his speech is perhaps more true today than it was when it was delivered.

The vices of nationalism, religious forms and practices, cultural enticements, sentimental indulgence and the lack of an apparent ability to possess an identity without cleaving to mythologies is at the crux of the problems of both the middle east and our own nation.

V for vendetta deals as well with this issue as can be expected of any media adventure.

The thrust is that all opinions are valid but must be subjected primarily to the scrutiny of reason.

If you disagree, please read a bit more milton. If you do agree-act; think, stand up, speak out.

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