More Political Correctness from Google
The sacrifice of our soldiers gets buried
By blackhedd Posted in Culture | Google | memorial day — Comments (10) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Ok, so today is the anniversary of the first ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. (Now aren’t you glad you know that?) And of course Google commemorates the day with a special home-page graphic.
Now the same people kept a stony silence on Memorial Day. Their home page looked stubbornly and icily the way it does on every other normal day. Apparently our remembrance of the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom is not to be mentioned at Google.
So I thought, well, Google is international. Maybe they were trying to be sensitive about the fact that Memorial Day is a US holiday only. And also, many of the soldiers we celebrate died fighting people in other countries, who might not take kindly to being reminded of that fact.
So I looked around at a bunch of their international pages. Sure enough, every page in every country that I checked has the Everest graphic. Except China’s. Now the Chinese are very sensitive about almost anything you might say about them. Do you suppose they have funny feelings about Mount Everest, given that they lay political claim to the territory where the mountain is?
And Google is famous for accommodating the Chinese regime's evil record of human-rights abuses. (Go to google.cn and enter "Falun Gong," just for kicks.) So you think for once, Google might accommodate us and put up a Memorial Day graphic only on their US page? Nah.
Here's what I think happened: like a great many Americans these days, the people who run Google are very uncomfortable with the fact that America maintains a posture of military strength in the world.
And their discomfort blinds then to the fact that the personal freedoms they enjoy on a daily basis were purchased at a great price by brave men and women who deserve our recognition every day, not just once a year.
-Francis Cianfrocca ("blackhedd")