We don’t care what anyone says, it’ll be a sad day when George W. Bush is no longer President of the United States. He’s so like-able and trustworthy. And such a good guy. Think you won’t miss him? Ask Britons how they feel about Gordon Brown and if they miss Tony Blair. We suspect the same thing will happen in the U.S. if Barack Obama is elected.
While watching the Olympics tonight, we caught Bob Costas’ interview with President Bush. Their interview was wide ranging but we were particularly impressed with the discussion of China and it’s human rights/liberty issues.
Costas noted that China remains an authoritarian state despite what you maybe believe as a result of all the positive press surrounding the Olympics. Good on Costas for pointing this out when everyone else seems to forget.
President Bush, a man whose religious sincerity has sometimes been questioned by the haters, pointed out that increased religious liberty is a positive and important step in creating a more free and open society. As he said, ‘once religion takes hold, it doesn’t leave.’
Religious liberty is often overlooked in broader discussions of human rights. President Bush has made it a priority to push for religious freedom in all his interactions with oppressive regimes. This is something for which he should be given more credit.
It may be that as China continues market liberalization, while resisting the broader freedoms that normally come as a result, that religious liberty will be the catalyst to bringing about deeper democratic reform.
As President Bush noted, it’s important for America to stay engaged with China–on every level–and continue to encourage reform at every opportunity.
We already included these links as part of the “Editors’ Picks” over at Newsbusters.org, but we don’t want anyone to miss out on reading them. W/o further ado, Jay Nordlinger’s series on China & the Olympics:
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