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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bobby Fisher has been in the news a lot lately. Like him or hate him, you have to admit he is an interesting character. ...and his defeat of Spassky in '72 will go down in history books as one of the American "victories" of the cold war. (At the time hardly any americans played chess, but it was a "national pastime" in Russia. So Fisher's victory was astounding.)

Fisher hates America. I think that is fair to say. Then again, do you blame the guy? Let's be quite honest - he is not the only one. And certainly he has more reason to hate the US then most. But what is the problem? Is all of this hoopla really just because he played a chess game in Bosnia? Do we care? It certainly didn't make news at the time. It seems to me that the most serious crime he has committed amounts to buring the flag. Not that it makes me happy, but it is no reason to deport someone from half way around the world.

Fisher is just wrong with a lot of the things he says. With regards to september 11 in particular. Statements like - "This is wonderful news. I applaud the act ... I want to see the U.S. wiped out." Don't exactly give me warm fuzzies.

But he is entitled to his opinion. Hating the US is not a crime.

So why all the fuss. Let the man live his life.

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