Freedom's Phoenix's policy has been to encourage participation on any issue and to stay out of the way. But Paul Rosenberg has pointed out a mind trap that we should avoid.
We at FreedomsPhoenix have a policy of allowing sincere participants to have their say and allow more free speech to counter irresponsible speech. Opinions are widely tolerated as long as they are not argumentum ad hominem attacks that devolve into a useless exchange that doesn't address the core issues raised.
"The Third Rail Israel"
Israel's relationship with the U.S. is interesting and illustrative in many ways, but Paul's point is very important and should not be ignored or belittled. I see the trend of posts allowed here on FreedomsPhoenix, and they come and go in waves. Issues involving the MiddleEast often are linked to criticisms of Israel's policies and the relationship that Israel's government has with the USGovernment (USG). I've often heard that those you are not allowed to criticize are destined to rule you (or some such variant) but I think the point that Mr. Rosenberg is making is that we are allowing ourselves to be diverted from a productive and enlightened path by simply paying too much attention to the darkness when the lighting of a candle is far more... enlightening.
When we allow ourselves to get into the mind set that Nation States should behave one way or another we often don't realize that we are advocating for 'statism that we approve of'. The most articulate argument against Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld's tyranny missed many opportunities to challenge the government offices that would later allow for the continued abuses that their replacements were all too eager to expand on.
The focus on any single government's actions often gives the impression that governments not engaged in similar behavior is somehow more legitimate. They may indeed intend to rule their livestock more 'humanely' but they do intend to rule them and harvest them when needed.
To counter many of the 'negative vibes' in the news, and on the pages of FreedomsPhoenix, you'll notice a great deal of inspiring news about new technologies and old values, but I'm encouraging our regular Columnists and Reporters to focus on the inevitable nature of all governments with the use of specific examples, but to focus on any one government's evils misses the overall understanding of where the real problem is… our support of "Good Government".