The Therapy Sessions
Sunday, July 06, 2003
I love the Shark Blog. Here's why:
The Seattle Times reports on the Berlusconi flap under the headline Italy's prime minister 'regrets' Nazi remark; latest in series of gaffes. The article lists some examples of Berlusconi's prior "gaffes", including the following:
"We should be conscious of the superiority of our civilization, which consists of a value system that has given people widespread prosperity in those countries that embrace it, and guarantees respect for human rights and religion. This respect certainly does not exist in the Islamic countries."
As Michael Kinsley once said, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth."
Berlusconi was only pointing out the obvious, and he has the gift of bluntness. Anyone "offended" by this "gaffe" needs to read the papers. Berlusconi may a crook, but I would have voted for him over any of the crappy leaders Italy has had since World War II.