Friday, December 03, 2004
Ukraine: Example of the Positive Aspect of the Law of Unintended Consequences
John Podhoretz makes the insightful point that President Bush's call for freedom in the Middle East is being heard in other parts of the world. Indeed, it was a universal appeal for liberty. As such, the recent events in the Ukraine, in which the people refused to accept the results of a corrupt election, show us that liberty and freedom are valued around the globe. Thus, President Bush's call for people to make this "Liberty's Century," while it appeared to be specifically directed at the the Middle East, has been put into action in other parts of the world. Of course, Podhoretz's neat rhetorical trick of calling the Ukraine an "unintended consequence" may not be applicable. I suspect the President actually "intended" for just this sort of thing to happen. I think Podhoretz probably agrees.