At first I thought "I am not going to get dragged up in this", in someone else's smear campaign. But then I thought, it is an issue and it needs addressing.
A bi-partisan commenter (not a member of this blog) has apparently been circulating emails behind backs. Emails about a certain blog in the blogroll here. The blog offends him, and he would like to see it removed. Firstly, this is a joke. The person apparently circulating the email has in the past written some of the foulest rudest comments I have ever seen. Secondly, the person circulating the email claims to support democracy. And yet this person wants to "disappear" a blog he does not like. The principle of democracy, is that there is a place for everyone in it. One cannot claim to maintain a definitive Iraq Blog directory, if one begins disappearing Iraq blogs. Once one blog goes, where does it end I ask.
I have already replied to this person, but thought I'd just bring it out in the open. As I said to this person, in the words of Martin Niemoller;
"They came for the Communists
And I didn't object for I wasn't a Communist
They came for the Socialists
And I didn't object for I wasn't a Socialist
They came for the Labor leaders
And I didn't object for I wasn't a Labor leader
They came for the Jews
And I didn't object.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to object."
Let me make an analogy. Think of a telephone directory. In it you will find the names of panelbeaters, bank clerks, musicians, cleaners, IT specialists, dentists and tree surgeons. All side by side, row after row, with nothing in common other then the page and the ink. It is possible for many people to co-exist in a telephone directory, without ever having even necessarily met each other. And so it is with Iraq Blog counts Iraq Blog directory. Co-existence is the key to peace. Everyone is there. The heretic, the truthteller, the teen, the insurgent and the kid who met the president.
I have to wonder at that apparent email circulator's commitment to democracy. If this was an issue to him, why did he not email Iraq Blog Count directly? Why did he resort to gossip-mongering behind other peoples backs? You know, I've had my share of disagreements too - but I always choose to approach the source. That is the beauty of the web - we can, or should be able to, contact each other openly.