The Washington Post quoted a January 21, 2006, AP article titled, Belafonte Continues Tirade Against Bush, reporting entertainer Harry Belafonte had compared America’s Homeland Security Department to the Nazi Gestapo saying, "We've come to this dark time in which the new Gestapo of Homeland Security lurks here, where citizens are having their rights suspended."
Belafonte's remarks were part of a 45-minute speech at the annual meeting of the Arts Presenters Members Conference on the role of the arts in a politically changing world. He got a standing ovation. The Post reported the audience included singer Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, along with members from several dozen countries.
The article went on to say Belafonte, 78, had called President Bush "The greatest terrorist in the world" during his trip to Venezuela to meet with Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez, and attended by Hollywood actor Danny Glover.
Martin Luther King had a dream while fighting for equal opportunity for African-Americans. Belafonte had a beef while comparing the America’s Homeland Security Department to the Third Reich.
While Belafonte was ranting on the war on terror, on the other side of the world, Taliban had beheaded an Afghan schoolmaster, Malim Abdul Habib. Cherishing the freedom passed to him by America, Habib was responsible for running a new high school with over 1,000 students, including girls. He was beheaded in front of his wife and his eight children, ages two to twenty two.
In his speech, Belafonte, a so-called good will ambassador for the UNICEF children’s fund of the United Nations, could have instead talked about the sacrifice of Malim Abdul Habib. Habib helped children to enjoy relatively normal lives, ones who had once lived in oppression, their new freedom compliments of the vision of President Bush and the men and women of our military.
Belafonte must have been upset his “greatest terrorist in the world,” George Bush, had revealed yet another scandal during Saddam’s infamous reign, the UN’s Oil for Food program. The funds were literally dumped into Saddam’s coffers, the largest financial scandal in history. Bush had exposed Belafonte’s claim that the UN had been feeding hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children.
Surely the attendees of the Arts Presenters Members Conference knew the facts of the beheading and the Oil for Food scandal when they applauded Belafonte’s speech that compared Homeland Security to the creators of the Jewish Holocaust.