Friday, February 10, 2006

Freedom's On the (Death) March

I understand and expect that Europe may never be as "free" as America is in terms of the absolutism of freedom of press, religion, speech, etc., but I mean, c'mon:

GERMAN cops will use sweeping powers to collar England fans doing Basil Fawlty-style Hitler impressions at the World Cup.

Yobs will be instantly banged up for TWO WEEKS if they goose-step like John Cleese in his most famous Fawlty Towers scene.

And hard core louts who give Nazi salutes — like the one jokingly made by Michael Barrymore in Celebrity Big Brother — could be hauled before a judge within 24 hours.

If convicted of inciting hatred they will face jail terms of up to THREE YEARS.

Wearing joke German helmets or any offensive insignia will also result in a stretch behind bars.

That on top of this and it just makes me fear that in Europe, freedom is on a long, gradual death march.