Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Freedom or Not?

While two emerging democracies in the Middle East have recently held elections neither of them have elected a majority of pro western politicians. Iraq has elected a parliament that favors Iran, and the Palestinians have voted Hamas into power.

Natan Sharansky, in his book The Case for Democracy, defines freedom with his town square measurement – can you announce your ideas openly in the town square without the risk of punishment? He also illustrates that people in a democracy with freedom abhor war and prefer open trade. If this is the case, and I emphatically state it is, then freedom and democracy in Iraq and Palestine may not mean an immediate U.S. Allie but it does mean less violence from them in the near future.

Rather than giving us what we wanted the Iraqi’s and Palestinians voted for what they wanted even if we think it was in ignorance. As their democracies mature they will identify political leaders who do and do not support their desires and will make corrections. After all, freedom does not exist in the first election or the latest; it lives in the next election.


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Monday, January 30, 2006

We need more in Congress like this

Jim Kolbe's recent announcement that he would not seek another term has opened up the Arizona 8th District to a host of applicants. Frank Antenori is one of them. How great would we be as a nation if we could get him and a few more like him into office?

Did I mention that I have worked with this guy?


Monday, January 23, 2006

The Iranian Threat

In October of 2001 the United States infiltrated a handful of Special Forces teams into Afghanistan. They teamed up with a much fractured and strategically stalled Northern Alliance and in less than 90 days we had control of the country and our enemy was forced into hiding, isolated pockets, or escaping into neighboring countries.

Pakistan, neighboring Afghanistan to the south and east, may not have sealed its border nearly as well as we may have liked (has anyone seen our southern border?) but they have played an active roll in helping us capture and prosecute our enemy. To the west Afghanistan is bordered by Iran. Iran has made public statements claiming to be on our side against terrorism however a quick count of the number of terrorists captured in Iran stands at zero. On the positive side, at least they do not want them in Iran since they have been gracious enough to buy them tickets back to their respective countries.

After spending more than six months traveling along the Iran-Afghanistan border and talking with several Iranians I learned that the Iranians I talked with wanted the same thing we gave the Afghanis – Freedom. Then hearing the last president of Iran spit anti-American garbage, I came to the conclusion that we should have started in Afghanistan and continued west until we shook hands in Jerusalem. For those of you not geographically inclined, that means Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Golan Heights. This would have been more than President Bush could have survived politically, but it would have been more strategically sound since no insurgency has ever succeeded without external support and Afghanistan and Iraq would not have Iran and Syria to import foreign terrorists and hide WMD’s.

Now, with some history and my opinions well established (after all, this is Where I Stand), I will expound on Iran’s position with their current presidents threats.

Last week we marked the 25th anniversary of the release of the American hostages from Iran after being confined for 444 days. In those 25 years Iran has made countless threats and has defended itself in a war against Iraq. Apart from condoning, endorsing, and supporting terrorists, all they did was make idle threats. Compare that with Iraq which attacked Iran, annexed Kuwait, and exterminated some of its own people. We do not have the political capitol to attack Iran since they have never shown any overt aggression; however, we do have a moral responsibility to encourage freedom.

We should not openly attack Iran but should covertly encourage and support dissident groups within Iran.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Blood Donor

I was a little put off when the Red Cross moved their blood donor facility further away from my home. I would occasionally find myself near their old location and would usually take the extra time to stop in to donate. I never find myself near their new location. So, when my church announced a blood drive in my neighborhood I made every effort to attend.

As I see it, one hour of my time can be worth several years to the recipient. When was the last time you donated?


Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Ballance of the Court

OK, I had a good laugh when I heard this last week so I had to produce my first policial cartoon.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

More excuses...

OK, it's been a LOOOONG time since I've added anything. I have been feeling rather limbic lately. Not being able to work to support my family has really taken its toll on me so you'll have to wait until I can get my emotions back to a higher level before I post any new substance.

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