Sunday, June 14, 2009

Axis of Evil is Exactly Right

Posted by Teresa at 8:18 PM
We as a nation must unequivocally call evil by it is name and we must do
so with no fear! I remember President Bush getting push-back for calling
Iraq, Iran, and North Korea "the axis of evil." An example:
Some of this criticism has been deserved. Bush does have a tendency
to eschew nuance in favor of black and white divisions. He also has a
tendency toward moral judgments that, whether correct or not, seems
presumptuous and arrogant to some.
From a BBC article back in 2002:
There is mounting international concern about President George W
Bush's grouping together of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil".

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov of Russia, which sees all three as falling
within its sphere of influence, questioned whether there was evidence to
label the three an "axis of evil".

This is, in fact, little short of declaring a war against the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea

North Korea Foreign Ministry

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called Mr Bush's
comments "a big mistake".
After seeing this weekend's coverage of the rigged Iranan election and the
violence that ensued, the Iranian government is indeed evil. And anyone who
is afraid to use that word "evil" to describe these regimes should be ashamed of
themselves. We must be able to call things what they are. Iranians are being
oppressed by a government that steals elections and crushes basic human
rights. If we can't call that evil, what is?
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