Saturday, November 08, 2003

Names were Named!


Our commitment to democracy is tested in countries like Cuba and Burma and North Korea and Zimbabwe -- outposts of oppression in our world. The people in these nations live in captivity, and fear and silence. Yet, these regimes cannot hold back freedom forever -- and, one day, from prison camps and prison cells, and from exile, the leaders of new democracies will arrive. Communism, and militarism and rule by the capricious and corrupt are the relics of a passing era. And we will stand with these oppressed peoples until the day of their freedom finally arrives.

Our commitment to democracy is tested in China. That nation now has a sliver, a fragment of liberty. Yet, China's people will eventually want their liberty pure and whole. China has discovered that economic freedom leads to national wealth. China's leaders will also discover that freedom is indivisible -- that social and religious freedom is also essential to national greatness and national dignity. Eventually, men and women who are allowed to control their own wealth will insist on controlling their own lives and their own country.

Our commitment to democracy is also tested in the Middle East, which is my focus today, and must be a focus of American policy for decades to come. In many nations of the Middle East -- countries of great strategic importance -- democracy has not yet taken root. And the questions arise:
Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom, and never even to have a choice in the matter? I, for one, do not believe it. I believe every person has the ability and the right to be free. [More . . . ]

Somewhere on the Champs Elysee, a government supported artiste flicks another Gauloise into the gutter and mutters "Simplisme." An Algerian sweeps up the butt and adds another name to his list.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Where are My Flying Cars (redux)


It's the early 21st century and the only guy wearing something out of 2001 is this turkey, in his zip-up, ployester, no wash, no wrinkle, futuro-wear:


What the hell did the guy in the back do to get all those medals? This country has had fewer wars in the last 50 years then Canada.

Perhaps he's the Chief of the DPRK Fashion Police