Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sting Stung

Musician Sting may have stepped in the middle of big ol' steaming pile of something:
O Sting, where is thy sting?

It is not where his principles lie, according to human rights activists who are demanding that the superstar stinger donate to charity the more than $2 million dollars “in blood money” he received for playing a secret concert for the daughter of one the world’s most brutal dictators, Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan.

Sting's response:
"I have come to believe that cultural boycotts are not only pointless gestures, they are counter-productive, where proscribed states are further robbed of the open commerce of ideas and art and as a result become even more closed, paranoid and insular."

You know, he's kind of got a point here. Name one boycott that's brought a dictator to his knees. Go ahead. I'll wait.


Boycott's don't work. Dictators only understand brute force and while I'm not saying Uzbekistan should be miltarily invaded, we can accomplish quite a bit with a cultural invasion. Let the people get a taste of freedom and they'll take it from there.

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