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Sunday, May 15, 2005

The Case for Democracy

I've reviewed it for the Halifax Herald. The whole review can be read here but this is the central point of Sharansky's short book and my review:

"In one of the more personal and insightful passages of The Case for Democracy, Sharansky notes that behind the Iron Curtain, Henry Kissinger's policy of detente was disdained by dissidents because it bolstered an immoral system that otherwise might have collapsed. Contrarily, Sharansky and his fellow political prisoners 'were ecstatic' when news that Ronald Reagan had called the Soviet Union 'the evil empire' had spread through the prison as dissidents tapped on walls and talked through toilets to get the word around. Sharansky said they cheered the fact that 'finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth - a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us.'

For Sharansky realized within those prison walls that the world was not divided by ideology (communist and capitalist) or geopolitics (Soviet and American) but between those willing to confront evil and those who were not. That division exists today with the communism replaced by a another totalitarian threat, Islamofascism."

Everything else -- what is a free and what is a fear society, what is happening with Israel and the Palestinians territories -- is secondary to his argument that those in the West, especially the United States, must confront evil and today that evil is terrorism.

Posted by Paul Tuns on May 15, 2005 in Books | Permalink


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Title: To Demonstrate a Conspiracy and Motive for Political Interference. Public Knowledge Exposes Political Corruption. The Alan Eagleson Syndrome.
By Edward A. Greenhalgh.

Well known names & some not-so-well-known names:

Including the RCMP, The University of Waterloo, Don Boudria, and others... Jean Chretien and others. And: Cancer????


Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-15 4:33:38 AM

Democracy and Freedom:

Including: " a media that isn't phony, viable political parties..."


Down with National Socialism.

Long live freedom and democracy.

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-05-15 4:47:33 AM

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