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March 02, 2011

Freedom unleashed

We are witnessing a historic change in the Middle East with indigenous movements for democracy sweeping across the region. This is much different from the experiment in Iraq, where democracy was imposed with questionable results.

The status quo can only last for so long. Eventually people stand up to demand their rights.

President Barack Obama’s administration deserves praise to sense the aspirations of the people and to demand a transition as soon as possible.

This is in keeping with his speech at the University of Cairo, when he said that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak their minds and have a say in how they are governed and the freedom to live as they choose. It’s time to practice what we preach.

Usman Haleem, M.D.
Leawood

Comments

whispering_to_kc

"... He is British. As you likely know, Harvard is a very liberal organization and Oxford is not a bastion of conservative thought either. ..."

Your un-named Harvard prof is "Niall Ferguson". He's a NeoCon.

Leopold

Leopold:

"My answer to the question begged is: clearly not."

I think the Germans and Japanese would disagree with your answer.

Posted by: Groenhagen | March 03, 2011 at 07:19 AM

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You're not even truly represented by your own government, yet you believe The Germans and Japanese were truly represented by a foreign government. Brilliant.

pmcw

This is good...No it is Great....a little long, but very instructive on what's really going on today. It is a video of the MSNBC morning crew attacking a professor of history that teaches at both Haravard and is a Senior Fellow at Oxford. He is British. As you likely know, Harvard is a very liberal organization and Oxford is not a bastion of conservative thought either.

His position is very clearly expressed in with simple concenpts and is well substantiated. I think he is right and that worries me:

http://freedomslighthouse.net/2011/02/15/morning-joe-crew-left-shell-shocked-by-professors-dismantling-of-obama-foreign-policy-on-egypt-video-21411/

Groenhagen

whispering:

"According to Glenn Beck and FOX, this Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt's America friendly Mubarak government is only the beginnings of a Muslim Caliphate. The Muslim theocrats will soon spread all over the ME and then take over the world, making us all their religious slaves."

Funny, I listen to Beck and watch Fox and haven't heard that view before. Apparently, you're making stuff up again.

Groenhagen

Leopold:

"My answer to the question begged is: clearly not."

I think the Germans and Japanese would disagree with your answer.

LL

as usual whispering_to_kc...you're really on a roll...I even got a chuckle out of the

The Wisconsin 14 may even be staying in Cairo...

...funny stuff!

whispering_to_kc

In fact, I hear the public sector unions from WI have been traveling to Egypt to stir things up. The Wisconsin 14 may even be staying in Cairo.

The Muslim Caliphate and public sector unions are essentially the same thing. Only the Koch brothers can save us all from their evil domination.

whispering_to_kc

According to Glenn Beck and FOX, this Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt's America friendly Mubarak government is only the beginnings of a Muslim Caliphate. The Muslim theocrats will soon spread all over the ME and then take over the world, making us all their religious slaves.

Worse, once all our other America friendly ME dictators see how poorly Obama is treating Mubarak we can only expect them to turn away from us and soon gas will be $4/gal.

FOX/Beck have also been explaining how these public sector unions are all lazy, greedy, selfish, overpaid extorsionists but the bankers are America's hardworking backbone and underpaid at $millions/year in compensation.

Haleem? That ain't even a real 'merican name. Can we see your papers, senor?

Leopold

I think the answer to your question is no, not all of them at all times...in our own experiment with democracy we have a myriad of positions vying to be recognized as not just valid but vital....

Posted by: Solomon | March 02, 2011 at 09:51 AM
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All of them at all times are in constant conflict, and therein is where I see the problem. When invoking rights, either individual or group, and will, the larger the scale-the more diluted. The larger an entity becomes, farther away becomes individual rights. To me, a governed man is never free, but I do concede there is a necessity for governance-which in my eyes should rest as close to an individual as possible. Wresting control from the behemoth and scaling back towards State sovereignty would bring us closer back to the group, and by proxy, the individual. If freedom is the goal, then in a nutshell, the closer an individual is to choosing his freedom, the freer he is.

LL

John S. - you have voiced my concerns very well. I do think that in Egypt with the strong military ties to "the people" things will hopefully fair better than in other North African countries.

Solomon

.....seem's the fear of the Brotherhood by so many here ignore's that a strong military in Egypt should keep such a radical group (that is not very popular anyway) from ever gaining supreme power.....would they win representation in some type of parliment? Probably....

....there are many positions to be heard from in Egypt....let us pray that they soon become like us with our joke of a 1 party with 2 factions democracy....

Leopold

From the perspective of human rights let us all hope that the Muslim Brotherhood does not seize this opportunity to force a Muslim theocracy on the people of any country. There is no person on earth who is less feee than one living under such a theocracy.

Posted by: John S | March 02, 2011 at 09:43 AM

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That's debatable, but I wouldn't disagree.

However, A Muslim Brotherhood subjugation of a populace-recently relieved of subjugation-might rend any notion of the benefit of theocratical governance.

Jack King

Excellent point John, we certainly do not need more Irans and other extremist Islamic governments in the Middle East.

Solomon

....good morning Leopold, I think the answer to your question is no, not all of them at all times...in our own experiment with democracy we have a myriad of positions vying to be recognized as not just valid but vital....

John S

From the perspective of human rights let us all hope that the Muslim Brotherhood does not seize this opportunity to force a Muslim theocracy on the people of any country. There is no person on earth who is less feee than one living under such a theocracy.

Leopold

....Dr Haleem makes a point that begs the question of whether any gov't imposed and guided by an outside force can truly be representative of the rights and will of the population...

Posted by: Solomon | March 02, 2011 at 08:54 AM

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My answer to the question begged is: clearly not.

But to delve deeper, the reference to rights and will begs an exchange in regards to individual rights vs. group rights, and each/both, pitted against collective will.

IMO, I think a better question is can any government be truly representative?

Solomon

....Dr Haleem makes a point that begs the question of whether any gov't imposed and guided by an outside force can truly be representative of the rights and will of the population...

 
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