Monday, July 12, 2010

What do these things have in common?

I think there about 200 countries in the world. With the noise that's made in the United States one would think it should be easy to tally the countries where gays may serve openly in the military. Yeah, I understand there are countries that don't have a military, but that should only make the tally easier. Actually, it is a lot easier to count the countries that ban gays from the military. There's only 22 of them. That puts the United States in company with such places as Cuba, China, Greece, Pakistan, Turkey, Venezuela, and Yemen. To put it another way, these countries are the least like us in politics, culture, language, history, religion, and geography. Is there any way we are like these other countries? Yeah, the embrace of authoritarian policies.

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