"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Saturday, February 07, 2004

"We Are Realists"

As I was walking home from dropping my daughter off at a birthday party, I stopped at the window of the Community Bookstore. (A more appropriate name would substitute "st" for the "ty" in Community.) This little shop fits in perfectly in our neighborhood, which is an oasis of progressive values in an otherwise staunchly conservative New York City. For example, there was a sign in the window that proclaimed, "Bush Cards Available Here - Fun for the Whole Family - Perfectly Stacked Deck".

There was another sign directly below. This one featured a photo of a smiling Che Guevara with the caption "We Are Realists - We Dream the Impossible". One photo deriding the liberator of millions, the other glorifying an enslaver of millions. For the edification of the Community Bookstore staff, the latter description applies to Che, the Communist guerilla, Fidel Castro's partner in crime.

As the Free Cuba Foundation website states,
Fidel Castro and his co-conspirators. . .have imprisoned tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience, attempted to brainwash a generation, enslaved the Cuban people in a retro-feudal state Castroism created, . . .divided families, made political ideology a litmus test for patriotism, created an exile that comprises nearly 20% of the Cuban population, and murdered thousands. Che's legacy in Cuba is one neighbor spying on another, high suicide rates, and a generation of young Cubans risking their lives on rafts in the Florida Straits rather than continue to live under a despotic government.
Yeah! Put that guy on a coffee mug!

I don't need to tell you the kinds of books that were on display. There were three about Bush, and to the Community Bookstore's credit, the third was not a hatchet job:

1) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind. (Tell-all collaboration between O'Neill and Bush-hater Suskind.)

2) American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by Kevin Phillips. (The title says it all.)

3) America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay. ("George W. Bush has been no one’s puppet. He has been a strong and decisive leader with a coherent worldview.")

Now, guess which two volumes were prominently displayed at eye-level in the window and which was one was displayed at foot level, in the most remote, dusty corner.

Just guess.