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Being "censored" on Hubpages
My response to those who do "not like my tone".
This “post” is dedicated to Mr. “Tobey100” and Mr. “Ru Blog”. Both are members of Hubpages and seem to be eager in posting their views and opinions on this site yet, they do not allow others’ opinions to show if they are different than those of their own. I call this censorship; I believe it is. If I seem(ed) annoyed or upset, it’s true. I lived in a country with a dictatorial communist regime; I do not like when others try to “shut me up”. I do not agree with censorship of any kind or form and I will always confront those who support it!
I promised Mr. Tobey100 that I would be writing this a few months ago (I keep my promises) and since Mr. “Ru Blog” has also joined the ranks of those who do not allow comments contradicting their own, this seemed like a good time for my response. I shall start with the comments I had made regarding capitalism on one of Mr. Tobey’s posts many months ago then I shall focus on Mr. “Ru Blog’s” “blog” titled `Cold War babies and the Middle East` and with my comments which were not accepted/allowed. At last I will post an email I received not long ago from Mr. `Ru Blog`.
Thus, to begin with, my main problem with capitalism and profit is the issue of ‘greed’. In the world in which we live there is a limited amount of resources. There is only an “x” amount of potable water, there are only an “x” number of trees and there is only so much land available as this planet has “given” us. In the capitalistic mind state though, one should be able to acquire as much wealth as one can. “If you are smart enough to make trillions of dollars, why not”, would argue a conservative mind.
Well, if let us say the top one hundred billionaires/millionaires decided that they would put their money together and buy all the land around lakes and any other bodies of fresh water in this world and that they would not allow anyone else to have fresh water … what would happen then? They could turn around and charge one hundred dollars per cup of water; who can stop them?
Our resources from which we live are limited on this planet. This is what most capitalist “think-tanks” seem to ignore. Therefore, if there is a limited amount of resources of which we all need to survive, there must be a limited amount of resources for each person. No one person should be allowed to own a continent while the rest of the world is cramped together. Capitalism is turning out to be like a monarchical system: a few at the “top” get all the “cheese” while the majority at the “bottom” could be (and some really are) living underneath the I10 in New Orleans (Interstate 10). The middle class is slowly disappearing. Nice system …
This argument is quite simple and I have no idea why Mr. Tobey did not find it acceptable to show as a comment. If I had used derogatory terms or if I had insulted anyone I would maybe agree to ban my comments (not even then though, that is why we praise freedom of speech – or so I thought).
Turning to Mr. `Ru Blog’s` post, `Cold War Babies and the Middle East`, I must say once again that I did not use any foul language, I do not believe I was rude in any way or that I insulted anyone in specific with my comments. Yet, my opinion was not allowed to be expressed.
Both I and Mr. `Ru Blog` seem to agree that the Shah of Iran, propped up by the United States, was a corrupt despot who more or less bankrupted that nation, sold its natural resources for personal profit and so on. `To not respect the struggle became America`s biggest mistake in dealing with the Middle East` wrote Mr. `Ru Blog` and I agree again. America should stay out of other countries’ business. In the seventh paragraph though, Iran is vilified to an extreme point I think (`Iran today is one of the biggest dangers to world peace`). I thought we had just agreed that we have to “respect” the internal struggles of independent countries?
It was the above statement that I have a problem with and that is when I made my first comments by saying that the crazy Kim Jong-il is certainly more of a threat to world peace than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I also perceive Israel, who already like North Korea has nuclear weapons and is disregarding the international community who is urging it to stop building settlements on occupied land and/or stop its blockade on the people of Gaza, to be an enormous threat to peace in the Middle East and actually, to the entire world. Even the United States’ foreign policy can be blamed more for the chaos in the world today than petty Iran. Picking on one single nation with a delinquent president did not seem fair to me.
So, these were my comments, (more or less) that seemed so outrageous to Mr. `Ru Blog` that he chose to censor them. I then posted a comment telling him that he is `weak` and perhaps afraid of the truth. That prompted him to send me the following email:
`rufus mackin (firstname.lastname@example.org) ru blog on HubPages
has sent you this message.
For a name such as "happy," you sure seem angry. Maybe if you spent more time investigating history for yourself, others' opinions wouldn't affect you so. You said on you profile you are a news junkie, maybe books would serve you well for a while. And maybe books that don't always fall in line with your personal ideology.
I would allow your comment if they were based on fact rather than your personal ideology, which is obviously anti American. Blame America first people do not interest me. I am aware of America's faults, wrong doings, and missteps. However, It took a whole civilized world to make things as messy as they are. I choose to incorporate the entirety of historical situations. There is enough blame to go around. Moreover, if you really understood my article it would have occurred to you that i blame short sighted American policy for extremism in Iran today. I really do not see a way anyone can argue that point.
Any way, i simply did not like the tone of your comments. Hence my disallowance. Why does it matter to you so? Write your own blog blaming America for the World's problems if you feel stifled. Other than a response to this message if you deem it necessary, please do not contact me again. Calling people weak is no way to go through life. Be strong for yourself not by trying to bully others.
Yes, I am quite disappointed with this email. History was my minor in university so I have read a decent amount of history books in my opinion and still am reading scholarly works relating to historical events. I see nowhere in my profile where it says I am a `news junkie` … I do watch BBC, CBC and CNN though, to try to get some different `angles` on news stories since I am interested in “propaganda” (in general). I do not see how that could be detrimental though.
My comments were based on facts … Israel is continuing its indiscriminate building of settlements on occupied territories: that is a fact! The blockade on Gaza continues in a most outrageous manner- also a fact!. This in turn becomes another reason for extreme groups in the Middle East to launch rockets and kill innocent Israeli civilians and so on … the conflict escalates. In respect to Kim Jong-il, he is a complete lunatic with access to nuclear weapons (is that not a fact?) and I think he is more dangerous than Ahmadinejad who is just a “show-off” with a big mouth.
The garbage about me being anti-American is just that: garbage. I have nothing against Americans … why is it that if I call for a boycott of Wal-Mart for example I am automatically labelled as anti-American. If I say that the embargo/blockade imposed on the citizens of Gaza is wrong, am I an anti-Semite? No … logic does not flow that way. I disagree with policies, governments, specific people … not entire nations and/or ethnic groups.
My tone was not appreciated? Ohh, well … ask me if I care? What I do care about is being censored; that I cannot allow. Calling someone “weak” is no way to go through life? I am doing quite well, thank you … and why not, if it is true?
If one decides to be part of a web site where controversial topics are being discussed, one should not be surprised of others who do not agree with their own point of view and as that saying goes: “If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen” (I think it’s somewhere along those lines …).