The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago. In his book on the French Revolution, Alexis de Tocqueville said: “Revolutions are not always brought about by a gradual decline from bad to worse. Nations that have endured patiently and almost unconsciously the most overwhelming oppression, often burst into rebellion against the yoke the moment it begins to grow lighter. The regime which is destroyed by a revolution is almost always an improvement on its immediate predecessor, and experience teaches that the most critical moment for bad governments is the one which witnesses their first steps toward reform.”
Why are these protests taking place in Iran and not in, say, North Korea?… Seguir leyendo »
CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors for their take on last week’s attacks in Paris and how the war on ISIS must change if the U.S. and its allies want to defeat it. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors.
Fareed Zakaria: What does ISIS want?
The barbarism of the attacks in Paris mark a new low in terror. The attacks were not directed against national symbols or government targets, but designed simply to kill innocent men, women and children. The murderers did not even bother to issue demands.
French President Francois Hollande has called Friday’s attacks an act of war.… Seguir leyendo »
CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors to assess the impact of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are theirs.
Obama administration fumbled
The Obama administration effectively has had a six-week public tantrum as it tried to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from addressing a joint meeting of Congress. Now we know why. Netanyahu destroyed the administration’s argument in favor of signing a nuclear deal with Iran.
We’ve continuously heard from the Obama administration that no deal is better than a bad deal. Anyone watching Netanyahu’s speech with even the slightest objectivity was, at the very least, left questioning whether this is that bad deal.… Seguir leyendo »
In opposing President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, Florida’s Republican senator, Marco Rubio, explained, “This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people.” Rubio has correctly touched on the core issue. But theory, logic and history suggest that he’s wrong in his conclusions.
I would recommend to Rubio one of the classics of conservative thought, Milton Friedman’s “Capitalism and Freedom.” He doesn’t have to spend too much time on it. The first chapter outlines the “relation between economic freedom and political freedom.”
The point Friedman makes in the book is one that America’s founding fathers well understood.… Seguir leyendo »
Is the world spinning out of control?
I get asked this question a lot these days, and for understandable reasons. Look at what’s been in the news in just the last few weeks. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s execution videos, Scotland’s bid for secession, Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
There is an unraveling taking place in parts of the world. In the Middle East, the old order that stretched from Libya to Syria has collapsed. In Russia, the rise of oil prices has empowered and emboldened President Vladimir Putin — and he wants a makeover on the fall of the Soviet Union.… Seguir leyendo »