Saturday, March 18, 2006

The rooster begins to have his doubts

All sorts of confusion exists regarding the causes of the end of the cold war. I have always taken the view that setting a good example with regard to the free exchange of ideas and respect for human rights was much more important than Reagan's militarism. Giving credit to the latter for the fall of the Soviet Union has been compared to a rooster taking credit for the dawn. Now, Francis Fukuyama, in a commentary excerpted in the Guardian as "Good ends, bad means", seems to be questioning the idea of "benevolent hegemony" of the United States. Perhaps "belief in the universality of human rights" can finally be separated from the neocon nonsense that has laid false claim to it.

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