Monday, March 22, 2004

Fukuyama in Tel Aviv

The historian Francis Fukuyama was in Tel Aviv over the weekend to share a stage with PM Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu. In 1989, Fukuyama wrote a piece, "The End of History," in which he explained that liberal democracy was being established around the world as the best form of government. Shortly thereafter, the Berlin Wall came down and with it, communism. His timely piece catapulted Fukuyama into the intellectual stratosphere. The above linked Daily Standard reports on the event. According to this report:
The key question thus far posed by the 21st century, Fukuyama observed, is whether there is a Muslim exception to the end of history. Fukuyama doubts it. He pointed out that the real democracy deficit is not in Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries but in Muslim Arab countries of the Middle East. And there the problem, he suggested, was not Islam, though he indicated it still awaits its Luther, but bad government and dismal economic prospects that produce an angry alienation on which purveyors of radical Islam prey. What is necessary on the part of the liberal democracies of the world, according to Fukuyama, is the right kind of politics, one that knows that individual freedom is the long term goal but which takes careful account of, and learns to work with, the distinctive culture of Arab and Muslim societies.

Simply put, this is something we must keep in mind and this is what the Bush Doctrine is attempting.

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