President Bush/Forward strategy of Freedom
- "Therefore, the United States has adopted a new policy, a forward
strategy of freedom in the Middle East. This strategy requires the
same persistence and energy and idealism we have shown before. And it
will yield the same results. As in Europe, as in Asia, as in every
region of the world, the advance of freedom leads to peace.
The advance of freedom is the calling of our time; it is the calling
of our country. From the Fourteen Points to the Four Freedoms, to the
Speech at Westminster, America has put our power at the service of
principle. We believe that liberty is the design of nature; we
believe that liberty is the direction of history. We believe that
human fulfillment and excellence come in the responsible exercise of
liberty. And we believe that freedom -- the freedom we prize -- is
not for us alone, it is the right and the capacity of all mankind."
President Bush's speech this week depicts the "prize" of democracy in
two senses: 1) not a prize but a path which in itself contains and
becomes values of democracy as nation-states evolve. 2) is a prize
for us(America) to be shared with non-democratic nations.In other
words the "prize" of democracy is a path for some a prize for others.
Democracy is not that other nations are like us yet there are
fundemental principles that all "successful" nations meaning us
share. Path and Prize confuse again the clarity of regime change. We
are not promoting universal notions of democracy in sense of "prize"
or "Successful nation" until we have resolved the question in this
new foreign policy position that what is a "path" for the Mideastern
arab states or around the world is not a "prize" for us.
Did our founders really have the notions of liberty and freedom so
full blown in the historical events of the American founding? Was the
Boston tea party because we promoting liberty worldwide or even that
liberty was a universal symbol of the time. Had their been a
revolution of thought before the tea party which the founders knew?
Such a revolution in thought was occuring around the same time and
our founders added to the ultimate reality of a true democracy. But
it was not because everyone knew liberty or freedom at the same time-
a universal idea of freedom or liberty. The Boston tea party was
economic and tax related-we lacked representation in England. In
other words, our new policy makes it harder for non-democratic
nations to understand the democratic message.Thus, the path for our
founders was in many ways unintended. The declaration of indrpendence
came after. In the events themselves there was less clarity. Are we
not in the same position now if non-democatic nations are in the
midst of their change? Where is their passion for freedom and
liberty? Where have they been wronged? It is one thing to talk about
the fruits of the tree but have the fruits been taken away? Where is
the injustice that leads to justice? Freedom alone does not define
such a passion. America cannot give full blown democracy away if it
has not been uprooted in the human conditon, I think, in some way. If
our founding seemed unintended, in the midst of the moment, it led to
defining democracry in the world. Prseident Bush ought to remember
this in is new "Forward strategy of freedom"
a word of warning that as Israel and America move forward in the war
on terror that two sides do not merge-cannot merge in our imagination
or on the ground. It is tempting to think that America will borrow
from Israel its techniques on terrorism. But this yeilds other
consequences: Namely a defensive posture in the Sunni triangle in
Iraq, already barbed wire is going up around cities there. Where does
it lead? Walls like what is proposed in Israel? A west bank in Iraq?
Can America create a seperate land for its enemeies and contain it?
This is not a trap America can afford to be like Israel. For innocent
civilians would be trapped as well? How could we know which is which?
Indeed, How do we know which is which in Israel?