on foreign affairs
Last updated September 09, 2005
The United States is uniquely
equipped to act as the new sovereign in the world today, not simply
because of its power--but because of its tolerance.
. . .
Its diversity reflects that of the world--and
this means that for the first time in world history, a great power is
genuinely capable of transcending the limitations to human cooperation
imposed by divisions along the lines of race, sect and ethnicity. . . .
The civilization that the United States is now
called upon to defend is not America's or even the "West's"--it
is the civilization created by all men and women, everywhere on the
We act on behalf of all people who have worked to
make the actual community around them less addicted to violence, more
open, more tolerant, more trusting. Civilization, in this sense, is
Chinese, American, African, European and Muslim.
Excerpt from an essay adapted from Lee Harris's
book Civilization and Its Enemies, quoted in James Taranto's
"Best of the Web," Wall Street Journal Opinion
Journal, January 24, 2005.
"India and Pakistan balk at bold Kashmir peace plan," Christian
Science Monitor, October 29, 2004:
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
this week urged steps to end the bitter dispute.
Delhi: Within hours of Pakistani President Pervez
Musharraf's dramatic proposal this Monday to demilitarize the disputed
region of Kashmir, both India and Pakistan demurred. . . .
what appeared to be a breakthrough only underscored both countries'
inability to resolve even the simplest matters in the 57-year territorial
dispute that has sparked three wars and cost tens of thousands of Kashmiri
blame timing, politics, and military power. (continued)
"America's Assignment, What Will We Face the Next Four Years," Newsweek,
October 31, 2004:
As these lines are being written, the
election process is still in full swing. But this week, barring another
deadlocked outcome, the campaign that has mesmerized America will be over.
What will remain are the challenges that gave rise to this occasionally
frenzied battle and the responsibility of dealing with them. No president
has faced an agenda of comparable scope. This is not hyperbole; it is the
hand history has dealt this generation. Never before has it been necessary
to conduct a war with neither front lines nor geographic definition and,
at the same time, to rebuild fundamental principles of world order to
replace the traditional ones which went up in the smoke of the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. (continued)