March 29, 2005

EXISTENCE IN A NUTSHELL:

Rice Alarms Reformist Arabs with Stability Remarks (Jonathan Wright, 3/29/05, Reuters)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has alarmed many reformist Arabs with comments suggesting a new U.S. approach that promotes rapid political change without regard for internal stability.

Rice said in an interview with the Washington Post last week the Middle East status quo was not stable and she doubted it would be stable soon. Washington would speak out for "freedom" without offering a model or knowing what the outcome would be.

"This a very dangerous scheme. Anarchy will be out of control," said Hassan Nafaa, a professor of political science at Cairo University and an advocate of gradual change.


Every significant question men ask themselves boils down to that: freedom vs. security.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2005 10:13 PM
Comments

On which side of the divide do mandatory smoke-free "bars" fall?

Posted by: djs at March 29, 2005 10:21 PM

Both. Freedom from cancer-causing smoke provides security.

The broader point is though that people will not tolerate freedom if it threatens their security, thus bans on smoking because smokers fail to exercise restraint.

Posted by: oj at March 29, 2005 10:27 PM

"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither." - Ben Franklin

(But it really needs to be yet another exhilarating quest for balance, don't it?

Posted by: ghostcat at March 29, 2005 11:34 PM

There is and always has been a perfectly acceptable option for people who don't like smokey bars and taverns.

Posted by: djs at March 30, 2005 12:22 AM

djs:

What 97% approve of is the only acceptable option.

Posted by: oj at March 30, 2005 12:28 AM

I think I've fallen into the twilight zone. I believe in middle east anarchy, but don't know what that has to do with smoking.

Posted by: jd watson at March 30, 2005 4:38 AM

A freedom not restrained by manners and morals begets legal restrictions.

Posted by: oj at March 30, 2005 8:31 AM

I know this is slightly off topic but...

If you want to lower health costs, ban smoking.

Posted by: Bartman at March 30, 2005 9:55 AM

re: ghostcat

"He who essential sacrifices freedom for temporary security deserves neither."

Ta,
John

Posted by: John Newquist at March 30, 2005 10:14 AM

re: ghostcat

"He who sacrifices essential freedom for temporary security deserves neither."

Ta,
John

Posted by: John Newquist at March 30, 2005 10:15 AM
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