Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Democracy Without Liberty

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This, folks, is why liberty is infinitely more important than democracy. In both Afghanistan and Iraq, we installed more or less democratic governments. But in both cases, with wide public support, the constitutions also allow for the imposition of Sharia, or Islamic law, and that insures that no matter how democratic the governments there will be no genuine freedom. There are two perfect examples going on right now that prove my argument.

In Afghanistan, they are prosecuting Abdul Rahman for apostasy because he converted from Islam to Christianity. He was arrested for this "crime" after his own family turned him in to the police. Under Islamic law, he is to be put to death and that is exactly what the prosecutor is seeking and will almost certainly get. How exactly is this any different from the Taliban that we removed from power?

In Iraq, where the new constitution declares that "no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam", the leader of the Shiites, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani - allegedly the voice of moderation in Iraq and one of our primary allies - has declared that gays must be killed "in the worst manner possible." We may be able to bring them a more or less democratic government, but a democratic government that imposes Sharia is still a tyranny, no matter how you slice it.

Hat tip to Jon Rowe for the link to Frontpagemag, a website I rarely agree with.


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