Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What it’s All About

I must say I am new to the world of blogging, but now that I have my own I am constantly checking out others. It seems the hot topic in like minded Kuwaiti blogs is the censorship and other pressures imposed on liberal sites that led to the shutdown of one.

It is strange in this day and age that some people still refer to censorship and pressure to fight the battle of ideas. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a recent speech reflected on how the West won the Cold War and defeated totalitarianism as much by ideas as tanks and warships.

He said the most effective weapon was a “shared belief in political and economic freedom, religious toleration, human rights, representative government, and the rule of law. These values kept our side united, and inspired those on the other side.” (NYTimes 11/2/2007)

Gates put it nicely. This is what it’s all about. It’s a battle between the forces of freedom and those of totalitarianism. Luckily we know history is on whose side.


Anonymous said...

History is not on the side you imply it to be.As it appears, history is now on the side of the fascists and the reactionaries. A good example is Robert Gates, the same guy you just quoted. He had no problem supplying the “mujahideens” of Afghanistan with American weapons and money during the late eighties to defeat the Soviets. He was the head of the CIA then. He had no problem supporting very corrupt dictatorships in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America through the famous BCCI scandal. He has no problem that the Pentagon is running a program of disinformation and censorship. And he has no problem that his government is planning to censor the Internet.
I would argue that those local thugs we have here in Kuwait, or else where in the Arab countries, would not dare treating us the way they do if they didn’t get an encouragement or a consent from their masters in Washington. And so when they shut down the Kuwaiti Liberal Forum, I was not surprised. That’s what the US is planning to do with its own dissidents.

Bu Ziyad said...

Don't forget the Mujahideen were the oppressed back then fighting against the Soviet oppressor. But I do not disagree with what you are saying and I will not defend the US. Countries are like people not always doing what they preach. However, Gates' statement reflects universal values that we should all strive towards and be positive and hopeful that it will prevail.

Anonymous said...

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