by Prof. Gordon L. Bowen, Ph.D.
"In this young century, our world needs a new definition of security. Our security is not merely found in spheres of influence or some balance of power; the security of our world is found in the advancing rights of mankind. These rights are advancing across the world, and across the world the enemies of human rights are responding with violence. Terrorists and their allies believe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the American Bill of Rights and every charter of liberty every written are lies, to be burned and destroyed and forgotten. They believe that dictators should control every mind and tongue in the Middle East and beyond. They believe that suicide and torture and murder are fully justified to serve any goal they declare and they act on their beliefs. I have faith in the transforming power of freedom."
Excerpts from George Bush, "President Speaks to the U.N. General Assembly," (Sept. 21, 2004): http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040921-3.html
"At its heart, Bush's vision is lofty and idealistic but may appear incomplete to others. Unlike Kerry -who is more of a 'realist' in the mode of Henry Kissinger-Bush has been willing to upset the established order to achieve his aims. Bush, more than other leaders, sketched out a stark, almost apocalyptical view of the world, a battle between good and evil that will end only in the destruction of terrorists. Balanced against the focus on terrorism is Bush's fervent belief that freedom and democracy will eventually emerge in the most autocratic states, thus smothering the aspirations of terrorists."
Glenn Kessler, "Bush Stands His Ground, Sets Himself Apart," Washington Post (Sept. 22, 2004): 23.
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