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Reader comment on item: Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

Submitted by Rush Limbaugh's Rogue Pharmacist (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 17:20

...Muhammad Ali took a principled stand on Vietnam, regardless of whether you agreed with that stand. What did the "President" do? He ditched his assignment in the TX Air National Guard to do drugs and party in New Orleans. Muhammad has said nothing critical of the "War on Turrrr" (though he'd be quite within his rights to do so). How do you have a battle against an idea? Ask the British forces and the government of Spain and they'll tell you you can't fight an idea. Not only that, you need what's called "evidence" to justify engaging in a war that will kill not only Americans, but also many many more Iraqis. ...

Oh yeah, and why is the Council on American-Islamic relations "notorious"? Any evidence to support that claim? And the "hagiographic" Ali Center? Um....well then is the Ronald Reagan Library also hagiographic? Or the Nixon Library? I'm sure the Nixon Library looooooves copious discussion about his rants about Jews running the media and his choice to start bombing...Cambodia??!! Oh yeah, and there are many people against the "power structure" in America. If you acknowledge that there is such a thing, surely that's not good.

Surely this government is by the people, for the people, and of the people? Yeah, our power structure is serving us just wonderfully at the moment, by the way. It takes a lot more guts for Mr. Ali to say what he did in opposition to critics (no doubt such as yourself, if you had been writing back then) who trash him on spurious grounds. Would any reasonable person disagree that his stance on the Vietnam war would not have made for better policy than anything any of the Preznits put together back in the '60s and '70s?

And if he's avoiding the war on religious grounds, is that not legitimate? As for the claim that Ali was not particularly revered by black Muslims, no doubt that depended on when you asked them, what they thought of Elijah Muhammad, and also what they thought of Malcolm X. There may be any number of reasons why he was disliked. Also, to huge swaths of the black community, and also to a significant number of whites, his courageous stance on the war was commendable. ...

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