Sunday, February 06, 2005

That's what we just said!

Question: How does Islamic freedom differ from our freedom?
Answer: It doesn't!

After a great little nap, the duck is feeling much better!

Hearing the siren song of the blog, I sat down to add a few more sites to my blog roll. A link off of Chrenkoff led me to the Tehran Times and this interesting little piece on ability of a country to "export" democracy. From the article:
Khatami noted that parallel with today's democratic and progressive Islamic movements, backwards and terrorist measures in the name of Islam are also being taken.

The future belongs to an Islam that is in line with the principles of the time, including independence and progress, he added.

"In my point of view, democracy is a prerequisite for every kind of progress and development," he said.
Democracy is the only way that freedom can be assured. Terrorism is the enemy of democracy.

Now read this quote from President Bush's Inauguration speech.
Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty - though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.

And what are the citizens of the United States willing to do to support freedom fighters all over the world? Again, from the Inaguration Speech:
Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."

The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.

The Bush Doctrine may have started with a simple notion. It started with the notion that the United States of America can no longer stand by and let radical governments foster hate in the world. President Bush knew that hate of the United States would turn into future attacks on our soil. So how does one secure the freedom of the United States? By removing the hate!

Thus the Bush doctrine has matured. Rather than take tentative, ineffective steps that produce only a temporary peace, President Bush intends to secure the peace by ensuring individuals are free in their own lands. This will not happen overnight. The elections in Iraq are but a prelude to the real story. It may take generations for the remainder of the story to be written but it is a story that started with the founding of our own country. The Bush Doctrine now talks about supporting those who seek freedom. That support will be on-going. That support will be persistent. That support will be strong!