Jewish World Review Dec. 10, 2002 / 5 Teves, 5763
Who, more than anyone else, is actively advancing the cause of civil liberties around the world?
For 30 years, liberals have been essentially trying to scare voters into believing that Republicans want to create a religious state, roll back women's and minority's rights, impose their own rigid lifestyle on everyone else. A few weeks ago, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry charged that Attorney General John Ashcroft, left unchecked, was close to imposing his own brand of theocracy on America.
As usual, the doomsday scenarios of liberalism are unfounded and expose the ideology's moral bankruptcy. Conservative Christians work tirelessly to expose religious persecution in China and around the world. Conservative leadership ensured that women in Afghanistan were rescued from oppression when our military forces decimated the Taliban. And it is conservative leadership that will ultimately liberate the Iraqi people from the decade of torture carried out by Saddam's henchmen. The British intelligence report released a few weeks ago documenting the methods of Hussein's torture (acid baths, de-limbing by hanging for hours, rape) received shockingly little coverage from a mainstream media eager to jump on such atrocities when they suit a particular liberal outcome. Even Amnesty International (which has posted similar torture accounts) threw water on the report-dismissing it as politically-motivated to justify war (which Amnesty is against).
Today who, more than anyone else, is actively advancing the cause of civil liberties around the world? The Bush Administration (and its allies), and brave men and women in uniform. Liberals will never concede this because they don't approve of President Bush's means (military force, muscular foreign policy). Liberals want us to engage in a perpetual dialogue, with virtually any U.S. military action abroad approved first by the U.N. They are more apt to trust Blix over Bush.
But following the liberal lead will leave the U.S. more vulnerable to attack as terrorist and their friends continue to plot while we "dialogue." And while we continue to consult with the UN Security Council and comb through thousands of pages of chicken scratch, life is getting worse for those millions who don't have the right to criticize their government.
How does that advance the cause of liberalism? It doesn't. It is called
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