Monday, October 03, 2005

"Power in all its forms: political, and economic, and cultural, and moral, and yes, sometimes, military."

She said:
To support the democratic aspirations, we must recognize that liberty still faces opponents in our world. Some will never support the free choices of their citizens because they stand to lose arbitrary powers and unjust privileges. Others know that the ideology of hatred they espouse can only thrive in a political culture of oppression and poverty and hopelessness. In a world where evil is still very real, democratic principles must be backed with power in all its forms: political, and economic, and cultural, and moral, and yes, sometimes, military. Any champion of democracy who promotes principle without power can make no real difference in the lives of oppressed people.

There are those who falsely characterize the support of democracy as "exporting" democracy, as if democracy were somehow a product that only America manufactures. These critics say that we are arrogantly imposing our principles on an unwilling people. But it is the very height of arrogance to believe that political liberty and democratic aspirations and freedom of speech and rights for women somehow belong only to us. All people deserve these rights and they choose them freely. It is not liberty and democracy that must be imposed. It is tyranny and silence that are forced upon people at gunpoint.

Of what she said, they say:
Dubai, 03 Oct. 05 (WAM)--A UAE daily has sharply criticized US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice for her statement that democracy can only come through force or the threat of force.In an editorial on Monday, the Dubai-based Gulf News quoted Rice as telling students at Princeton University as saying that any champion of democracy who promotes principle without power can make no real difference in the lives of oppressed people. Democracy, the paper argues, does not come from the barrel of a gun, nor diplomacy from the Bush White House. "Rice is employing a spurious argument defeated long ago by the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and others, not least Martin Luther King in her own country. Their strength came not from tank formations or legions of troops, but from morality.
Where's the disagreement?

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