I imagine walking in to Sydney airport and I seeing a group of people with the glasses, sitting on the lounges all over the terminal, reading books and holding drinks or talking among themselves. These people would be activists who support a the man who is currently in exile at the Moscow airport. Some of them could get so used to this situation or are so deeply sympathetic with the man in Moscow, that they practically could live there, while catching every bit of information available about that man and waiting for further revelations about other attempts to erode physical freedom by any government.
The most wanted man who merely liberated some data held in a computer is not a war criminal, unlike the one who approved the use of torture, contrary to any international human rights legislation, in Guantanamo Bay. The man, who just left Hong Kong, is loved, hated, misunderstood and misinterpreted. He set a lonely but brave example, although as he admitted he merely followed a soldier. He had a girlfriend before he went public and even after his defection there were many who would were willing to be with him or even marry him. Nothing of course could make his life easy on the run, sitting at Moscow airport, waiting for a carefully selected few countries to respond to his request for asylum. Countries whose government is determined to resist the request, blackmailing or pressure of the government of the Big Invader.
I believe his importance is underestimated. Even though the initial media frenzy died down, but many journalists are still extremely interested in him. Especially citizen journalists with their web logs and voice-casts, independent & interested in discovering and sharing secrets, which should not be secrets. Is Edward Snowden interested in standing up to a big bully? Can he survive long enough to become a symbol for many, maybe even a hero? Edward Snowden, following along line of others who gave away a future (lied safe) and took up the role of the messenger, who ran with news to the public. His news was grim, but important nonetheless. He became a one man island in a sea of spineless and blind crowd.
He simply protested for what he believed in: freedom. He did not kill anyone, he did not hurt anyone, he did not commit war crimes, although that would be simpler to get away with, is that right Mr Rumsfeld? Edward Snowden set our minds on fire. We again question the politicians, who supposed to be the “trusted servants” of the public. We should question everything. It is not about belief or faith, it is the law of the universe. To question and to discover what is. This is exactly burning away the old and outdated beliefs and constantly looking for what is new. This would keep our minds fresh, inquiring and curious. We should never settle for comfort if that means giving up freedom. Although we keep hearing from those not so trusted servants, we need to give up another bunch of our rights in the name of national security. There is no perfect safety and we should not even look for it. You could have a heart attack if you keep eating greasy beef steak, yet lot of us keep doing that. I guess for some it is an acceptable form of death, to have a preventable disease.
In other parts of the world people set themselves on fire for a cause they believe in. It is a form of non-violent resistance. It is called self-immolation. This is what Edward Snowden has done…