Friday, December 28, 2007

Pakistan and the Future of Freedom

Mrs Bhutto is dead. Killed by some sort of extremist. I am sure that this event- so horrific will be used by our home extremists to take away freedoms. Rudy Giuliani the other day said "If people want to kill us or take away our freedoms we should kill them".
Liberal Constitutional Democracy needs to in my opinion do two things one of which is "right wing" and one of which is 'left wing. We need to stop apologizing for our culture. (this is the right wing part). We should not be ashamed of everything that has happened to form the west- yes even the bad things are essential to the formation of our worldview. We also should stop giving a pass to other countries that do not want to live as democracies and respect human rights.
Frankly I do not care what Islam or Confucianism have to say about liberty because these cultures do not respect liberty and except for Japan, Korea and Turkey freedom is in short supply-- Mrs Bhutto is dead because someone thinks they know God's will I am much more interested in the will of the people.
What we need to do is say that we in the west demand that the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta and the human rights that come from Judeo Christian tradition be respected and that all people have a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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