Emmett Tyrrell

Dante Alighieri was the 13th-century Florentine author whose Inferno apportioned his sinners' suffering in hell to their vices committed on earth with delightful affect. For instance, flatterers are mired in human excrement. Traitors are frozen in a lake of ice. Now, Margaret Thatcher's distinguished British biographer Charles Moore updates Dante by heaving the wretched Edward Snowden into hell.

Moore writes that "it will be entirely fitting if Edward Snowden spends eternity in a Moscow airport lounge." I might add that the airport lounge is a transit lounge with Snowden transiting from the free world to absolutely nowhere, all under the watchful eyes of the Russians' Federal Security Service, the modern equivalent of Communist Russia's KGB. Snowden supposedly worries about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and, of course, the National Security Agency. Let him sound off to the officers of Russia's Federal Security Service, and they will teach him a lesson in human rights. By the way, is it possible that he really entered Russia with four laptops containing top secret American intelligence, and no one in the Russian intelligence community has politely asked him to let them see his laptops under penalty of having his arms broken? Frankly this is another absurd aspect of Snowden's absurd adventure.

On the other hand, if he is shipped off to Venezuela, as has been reported, that will be fitting, too. There this ignorant modern-day Daniel Ellsberg will be hosted by phony human rights defender President Nicolas Maduro, whose government desperately fights to control the flow of information worldwide to the Venezuelan public by taking over cable television, hounding the remaining independent press and, most ironic of all, spying on his citizens' telephone calls. Venezuela is a human rights mess. Ecuador is a human rights mess. Bolivia is a human rights mess. These are but three of the countries in which this lunkhead seeks refuge. How odd.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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