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:: Friday, November 21, 2003 ::

When President Bush Discussed Iraq Policy at Whitehall Palace in London recently, he pointed out several historical realities that have brought us to the current state. Among them was this:
We're sometimes faulted for a naive faith that liberty can change the world. If that's an error it began with reading too much John Locke and Adam Smith. Americans have, on occasion, been called moralists who often speak in terms of right and wrong.

I often suffer from the same faults listed here, as do, I believe, many of my fellow contrymen. What a different world this would be if this little character flaw were adopted by even more people.

You should read the entire test of the Presidents speech. It was one of his best. Many self-proclaimed experts, together with critics and admirers alike, wondered out loud before President Bush's trip to London if this were not a bad idea to go at this time and anticipated a public relations disaster as a result. They got nothing of the kind.

The speech, overall, eloquently lays out the American/Brittish position in the current conflict and includes this gem:
Peoples of the Middle East share a high civilization, a religion of personal responsibility, and a need for freedom as deep as our own. It is not realism to suppose that one-fifth of humanity is unsuited to liberty; it is pessimism and condescension, and we should have none of it.

:: Mark 9:07 AM [+] ::
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