Absurd That It Should Be Necessary To Articulate This

Jenna Orkin


The response to Mike Ruppert's article By the Light of a Burning Bridge:  A Permanent Goodbye to the United States has been wrenching and uplifting.  (See comments below his blog posted August 17, 2006.)  Readers offer thanks, sage counsel on how to get along in a foreign country and on what to eat.  They write in tears and with love.  (Those readers should take heart from Mike's article:  He is writing as strongly as ever and from a sunnier perspective.)  

And then, as night follows day, there are the naysayers.   We cannot expend time or energy putting out the various little fires that have ignited around cyberspace about the bombshell of Mike's relocation to Venezuela.  Most will eventually burn out by themselves.  But lest silence at this end be misunderstood, a few observations are in order.    

Some of the naysayers point out that there are many good people to be found in America.    Indeed there are and from his safer vantage point, Mike will be able to help those people learn.  One of the pieces of advice given to mothers on airplanes is:  In the event of an emergency, put the oxygen mask over your own mouth before you put one over your baby's.  Mike's move is not a desertion but a step in an evolution for those of us who see in what direction the world is heading.   

Other critics, laughably, assert that they are more courageous than Mike because they are staying put.   To those people I would ask:  Have you faced down the CIA?  Were your computers smashed with sledgehammers?  Is moving to a foreign country where you know nobody and must make your way with little money in a foreign language an act of cowardice?  Were the Jews who left Germany after Kristalnacht cowards?  Or is death an intrinsic aspect of your definition of "courageous?"  

Doubtless those writers will have comebacks to those questions.  A response of silence here should be construed not as acquiescence but as dismissal.