June 19, 2006, - 9:36 am
By Debbie Schlussel
The rule that celebs should stay out of politics (but never do) also applies to star athletes. They are basically celebs with an athletic, instead of acting, skill. And neither has any special expertise to spout their icky (and usually baseless) views.
That brings us to Tennis She-Man Martina Navratilova. USA Today reports that Man-tina is very upset that the NSA wiretapped Mid-Easterners here while they made telephone calls to their Al-Qaeda buddies overseas. On Tuesday, she tells HBO’s “Real Sports” that it’s like government wiretapping in her native Czechoslavakia.
But the two aren’t similar at all. Memo to Man-tina: The then-Communist government of Czechoslovakia was listening in “just ‘cuz,” and they were listening in on anyone and everyone, perhaps because they were an outspoken lesbian tennis superstar and seen as a possible threat or for any other reason under the sun. They were not fighting terrorists. They were fighting freedom.
We are fighting terrorists to protect our freedom. The NSA wiretaps were attempts to stop future attacks on our freedom and to protect our country. No-one is preventing freedom of movement, the exercise of religion, freedom of speech, or any of the other freedoms and human rights the Communist Czech government heavily restricted. To compare the two situations is absurd . . . and exactly what a far-left, androgenous former tennis player, desperate to stay relevant, would say.
“We don’t care that they’re listening? It’s nuts!” exclaims Man-atilova.
Uh, no. That you don’t care that terrorists are plotting to kill us, Martina Navratilova–that’s nuts!
Tags: al-Qaeda, Communist Czech government, Debbie Schlussel, Martina Navratilova, tennis, tennis player, USA Today