Iraq, Chateaubriand, and the Festival of Our Freedom

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3 Responses

  1. Seth Gordon says:

    Freedom does not mean license, but the ability to be what we are at our core, to actualize our true selves.

    I suspect that many Iraqi insurgents agree with you on this point. They only dispute with one another on whether “to actualize our true selves” is to practice the Sunni or Shi`ite variety of Islam.

  2. Yitzchok Adlerstein says:

    I think that Sharansky would argue that it is characteristic of
    successful democracies that their religions find ways of moderating
    themselves. Religions within democracies find ways in which they
    can assert their specialness while still living in harmony with
    very different faiths.

    Don’t hold your breath regarding Iraq. Democracy and the Arab
    mentality simply do not have a meeting ground

  3. Michael says:

    Successful democracies with multiple religions force religious groups to moderate themselves. The most common means are soldiers or tax collectors, depending on the circumstances. The current government in Iraq is not strong enough to impose itself using either means. References to an “Arab mentality” do not account for the failure.

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