Why the NATO Policy in Libya is Better than the BUSH Doctrine

I grew up in a place where we had enough land to raise a few animals. Raising animals is valuable because it teaches lessons of life and death. There were also object lessons of self-reliance and of care taking. We raised chickens and one of the most beautiful parts of that was watching a hen dutifully sit on her eggs until they would hatch into soft fuzzy chicks.  It was a momentous occasion to watch that little chick peck its way out of the shell. As a young child, my…

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Osama bin Laden is dead, but Americans had to sell their soul to find him.

The sun sets on Osama bin laden. A terrorist is dead

The announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden came as welcome news to most Americans. His life and work of organizing terror has taken our country down a path that lead to the anti-personal-liberty Patriot Act, two wars that were placed on the national credit card, and the moral abyss that is called torture in Guantanamo Bay and other undisclosed anti-terrorist prisons around the world. In many ways, bin Laden has succeeded in destroying the best things about America. For nearly ten years after he organized the terrorist attacks…

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The Slow Progress of Democracy in the Middle East

Middle East Freedom and Democracy

When watching the Middle East revolutionizing itself towards more democratic government, Americans would be wise to remember our own history and some of the key elements that helped us develop our own democracy where we can have free and fair elections where they outgoing political leaders voluntarily leave office without being forced with weapons or other threats of violence. The trust of shared religious values breeds the trust necessary to build a society. In America that religious trust was based on Protestantism, but in the Middle East it is Islam.…

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Put Mubarak on a time table | how the Egyptian President may step down peacefully

Hosni Mubarak's portrait is shredded in Alexandria during protests. Photograph: AP

First the Egyptian Army said Mubarak would go, and they Mubarak said he will stay until September until a peaceful transition can occur.  Meanwhile America stands on the sideline both supporting a change to more direct democracy and supporting the stability that Mubarak represents. It is probably best that Mubarak stays and actually makes the changes to the Egyptian Constitution that will make the democratic elections even fairer than they would be under current law. Changes to the current articles are necessary before September 2011 Article 76 – limiting who…

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