Common Ground and Credit Where Credit Is Due

The liberal foreign policy worldview too often begins from an assumption that America is a problem needing to be solved by the rest of the world and that eveyone will be better off once America has been put in its proper place. As a corollary, liberals are often prone to dismiss repressive actions by other governments, when speaking out means criticizing governments with interests divergent from U.S interests.
Matt Jerzyk of RI Future deserves credit for not automatically succumbing to the temptation to automatically blame only America for all that is bad in the world. Mr. Jerzyk posted yesterday in support of a protest of a the Chinese ambassador’s appearance at Brown University. The protest is in response to China’s continuing obstruction of United Nations action to protect the people of Darfur from the government of Sudan.
Let’s hope that in the future, left and right can find other areas of common ground in the world beyond America’s borders to defend classically liberal, humanitarian, and yes American values, without having to wait for people to suffer as badly as they are suffering in Sudan.

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Robert
Robert
14 years ago

Protesters were in response to China’s stance against an independent Taiwan. However, they should have been protesting our sale of arms to Taiwan.

Rhody
Rhody
14 years ago

Speaking of China, I wish the international community had put a little more heat on it vis a vis human rights abuses and the Tibet situation before Beijing was awarded next year’s Olympics.
I’d love to see some of the athletes take a stand for human rights not by boycotting the games, but through interviews or demonstrations like the U.S. sprinters made on the medal stand in Mexico City. I worry this could be a Berlin ’36 situation here if the Chinese leaders are not watched closely.

Tim
Tim
14 years ago

Mr. Jerzyk? lol Who cares? This blog stroking blog is silliness. Why not save it for your blog wine tasting parties.

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