January 27, 2005: Headlines: Presidents - Bush: Speeches: Speaking Out: Beverly Citizen: If Bush's inaugural address is to be more than rhetoric, we hope he'll follow it up with some concrete moves to nurture freedom, the rule of law and the protection of minorities overseas. Let's talk about expanding the Peace Corps, improving public diplomacy, and retooling or military so it is as effective at peace-keeping and nation-building as it is at war-making.

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If Bush's inaugural address is to be more than rhetoric, we hope he'll follow it up with some concrete moves to nurture freedom, the rule of law and the protection of minorities overseas. Let's talk about expanding the Peace Corps, improving public diplomacy, and retooling or military so it is as effective at peace-keeping and nation-building as it is at war-making.

If Bush's inaugural address is to be more than rhetoric, we hope he'll follow it up with some concrete moves to nurture freedom, the rule of law and the protection of minorities overseas. Let's talk about expanding the Peace Corps, improving public diplomacy, and retooling or military so it is as effective at peace-keeping and nation-building as it is at war-making.

If Bush's inaugural address is to be more than rhetoric, we hope he'll follow it up with some concrete moves to nurture freedom, the rule of law and the protection of minorities overseas. Let's talk about expanding the Peace Corps, improving public diplomacy, and retooling or military so it is as effective at peace-keeping and nation-building as it is at war-making.

Editorial: Bush's call to action

Thursday, January 27, 2005

The audience for President George W. Bush's second inaugural address was not only the nation he serves, but the entire globe. It was broadcast live on every continent, translated simultaneously into dozens of languages. And it seemed to have been written with the international audience in mind, sending a message that was both interesting and important.

It was interesting, in part, for the things that weren't mentioned. The words "terror" and "terrorism" appear nowhere in the transcript. In marked contrast to some of his earlier speeches, Bush was not enlisting the world in a with-us-or-against-us crusade to wipe out shadowy networks of suicidal ideologues wielding scary weapons. He was challenging the rulers of the world's nations to accede to their people's hunger for freedom and democracy.

"It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture," Bush said, "with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

This commitment is important because, in some places, it contradicts Bush's previous emphasis. While Bush often talks of freedom on the march, freedom has been in retreat in Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has used the rhetoric of the war on terror to suppress those calling for greater liberty.

There are other places where staunch allies in the war on terror deny freedom and human rights to their people. Egypt is run by dictator Hosni Mubarek, Saudi Arabia is not only run by a royal family, most of it is owned by the royal family. Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov is a Stalinist dictator accused of putting dissidents to death in large vats of boiling water. He's also an ally in the war on terror because he allows US troops to be based in his country for operations in neighboring Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda and its terrorist associates are by no definition freedom fighters. But it is worth remembering that Nelson Mandela was listed as a terrorist by the U.S. State Department just a few years before his lifelong fight to bring freedom to South Africa bore fruit.

While the sweep of Bush's rhetoric was stunning, its implication that the U.S. has the right and duty to liberate countries wherever tyrants reign is troubling. Was he promising to unseat Burma's brutal junta and aggressively challenge China on human rights, or was he laying the rhetorical groundwork for military action in Iran and North Korea?

We don't know, but we're glad he added the caveat that "Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities... America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way."

If Bush's inaugural address is to be more than rhetoric, we hope he'll follow it up with some concrete moves to nurture freedom, the rule of law and the protection of minorities overseas. Let's talk about expanding the Peace Corps, improving public diplomacy, and retooling or military so it is as effective at peace-keeping and nation-building as it is at war-making.

Among the oppressed people of the world, Bush's call for freedom will resonate far more strongly than his denunciations of terrorism. We hope he'll keep it up - and back it up with action.





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