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View Diary: Snowden is our version of a self-immolating Buddhist monk (34 comments)

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  •  As I said... (2+ / 0-)
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    randomfacts, BlueDragon

    "If he survives to be captured and returned to the US, he may come to think longingly of how quickly and relatively painlessly he might have gone out."  Either way, he has sacrificed much for his beliefs and country, if not his life.

    •  I'm a bit unclear on how self-immolation (3+ / 0-)
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      sebastianguy99, worldlotus, CroneWit

      can be considered painless, in even relative terms.

      Non futuis apud Boston

      by kenlac on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 08:31:36 PM PDT

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      •  I'll concede that point (1+ / 0-)
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        •  I'll add this here (2+ / 0-)
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          BlueDragon, splashy

          because so many have taken exception to comparing Snowden to someone setting themselves on fire as an act of protest.  In the US, I think it will have to get a bit worse before someone in the middle class, as Snowden is, will self-immolate.  Perhaps not so long for others in less fortunate circumstances, as the recent increase in suicides in the US might portend.  Usually it's hard to get the average American to take much notice of anything, until the electricity goes out.  Ed Snowden put his future, and his life on the line by going public with the evidence he has revealed.  He essentially kissed his ass goodbye when he did so.  How many hundreds of thousands in the employ of the NSA would even dare sticking their heads up?  Especially after seeing the treatment of others who tried to whistleblow within the system and now Snowden who went rogue on the company?  In that sense I think he is our VERSION of those other heroes, now icons who snuffed themselves in protest of some other state action.  

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