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We recently addressed the irony associated with Mother Russia’s receptiveness toward Edward Snowden – the heroic former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) who earlier this year exposed the federal government’s massive domestic spying program.

Snowden has since been granted temporary asylum by Russia – much to the chagrin of the United States of America, which wants him extradited back home to face criminal charges. Offering some spot-on commentary on this bizarre twist of fate is Jeffrey Tucker of The Laissez Faire Club in a post entitled “Thank You, Russia.”

“Edward, as everyone knows, is on the run for having revealed to the American people that their government is logging every communication and storing it for later use,” Tucker wrote. “In other words, Edward is in big trouble for revealing that our government is doing to its own citizens what the U.S. once accused Russia of doing to its citizens.”

Tuckers goes on to say he is “as glad as the next guy that ‘we’ won the Cold War,” but adds “you just have to wonder: What was the point of those 45 years of nuclear stalemate? All that time, we were told that this was a mighty struggle between individualism and collectivism, between freedom and tyranny, between capitalism and communism.”

Indeed, that was the basic construct of the Cold War – and the reason thousands of Americans were sent to points all over the globe to fight and die (including 58,282 who lost their lives in Vietnam).

“The humiliation is increased for Americans to see our former enemies … now providing a safe haven to a young man who told the truth about the U.S. surveillance state,” Tucker concludes.

How true … for any American who truly loves freedom, the Snowden saga is more than terrifying: It is humiliating. In fact it is one of the strongest, most unambiguous messages our nation has ever sent the rest of the world.

That message? “Do as we say, not as we do.”

 

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