Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Iran rejects the modern world

Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in a letter to George Bush, said:

Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God.
This quote is illustrative and I hope all left-wing progressive thinkers realise it. It is the left-wing, progressive, anti-capitalist thinkers who are always trying to portray the war on terror as some perverted Amerikkkan plot to seize resources, or Zionist conspiracy to destroy the enemies of Israel (even though Israel did not support the Iraq War), or perhaps some Christian fundamentalist belief to wage war on Islam. And so many progressives lend support to those that support terrorism and to Islamic autocracies that oppress their women and minorities.

But read the quote above, and you'll see that the Iranian president who is seeking out nukes, is opposed to Western democracy and liberalism. It is these two ingredients that have led to prosperous nations flourishing since 1799. Starting with France and the USA, followed by Britain and now containing dozens of developed countries, an area referred to as "The West" developed.

Democracy is surely a good thing. And liberalism guarantees the rights of the individual are respected and enforced by governments. Lack of democracy and liberalism have kept the Middle East and Africa living under oppression and poverty. Freedom is but a dream there. Given the evidence, who in their right mind would reject liberalism and democracy ?