Americans Understanding Islamic World Better Than George W. Bush

Tuesday, former President George W. Bush delivered a speech in Washington, D.C. at an event entitled "Celebration of Human Freedom," sponsored by his presidential foundation, the George W. Bush Institute.  The former president observed astutely that "freedom is a powerful force but it does not advance on wheels of historical inevitability." But then Mr. Bush hectored critics who do not share his ebullient cognitive dissonance about the unfolding so-called Arab Spring phenomenon.  Some look at the risks inherent in democratic change, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and find the dangers too great. America, they argue, should be content with supporting the flawed leaders they know, in the name of stability. Mr. Bush also made the egregious claim that the ongoing, de facto Springtime for sharia in Araby is tantamount to "the broadest challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet Communism." Fortunately, polling data just released by...(Read Full Post)