ranks countries' political freedoms and civil liberties as
"Free", "Partly Free" and "Not Free".
Some of their rankings I am not sure about, but I broadly agree with the big picture.
"The free world" was a valid term during the Cold War.
And it is still a valid term today to describe the countries where human rights are respected,
and government is changed by peaceful argument, debate and voting, rather than by force.
"The unfree world"
consists mainly of communist states, Islamic states and African dictators.
There will not be a new Cold War
or Third World War,
because, unlike the Soviets or Al Qaeda,
the new Russia has no revolutionary ideology it wants to spread everywhere.
We should be grateful for that.
The new Russia will bully its neighbours, and it will be hard for anyone to protect them.
Russia has chosen not to join the West in freedom and prosperity,
but rather to be a thug state the West will not admire or partner with.
There are many actions against Russia that should be considered by the West:
Mugabe is their darling
- Aidan Hartley, 25 Oct 2003, criticises
Africa's black upper middle class
for defending Mugabe.
What is it that makes us think that people outside the West are "wiser"
The sad truth is that people are stupid all over the globe.
Clinton, Clarke and Rwanda: Ten Years On
by Mark Steyn,
The Irish Times, April 5th 2004
- on the failure of Clinton
and Richard Clarke to stop - to even try to stop
- the Rwanda genocide in 1994.
"Bill Clinton knew about Rwanda and chose to do nothing.
Why was this? Well, Somalia, of course."
The UN, of course, did nothing. Why?
Well, that's what they always do.
saw a genocide of black Africans happen on his watch
(as head of UN peacekeeping forces),
and did nothing.
And a genocide of black Africans happens again in Sudan.
And again, Kofi Annan and the UN do nothing.
"I went to Zwolle. ... There was a policeman in uniform, and I felt a sudden fear when I saw him, but he told me politely, "Our center is full, we're not taking any more refugees, but you can go to Zeewolde." He gave me a bus card and a train ticket and instructions for the journey. ... Police to me were oppressors, demanders of bribes. They were never helpful. I asked him "Why are you helping me?" and he smiled and said, "Those are the rules." I asked, "And is every policeman this kind?" and he replied, "I sure hope so." After this, anything was possible. To me, government was bad. It was crooked and duplicitous and it oppressed you. And here all these people were busy helping you and this for foreigners. How on earth did they treat their own clans?"
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali,
in her book Infidel,
describes life in the unfree world, so alien to us,
where the idea that the government and police might help you is utterly alien.
"Colonel Gaddafi must understand that our country is not a doormat
on which a leader, terrorist or not, can come and wipe the blood of his crimes off his feet.
France should not receive this kiss of death."
- Rama Yade,
French minister for human rights,
for the vile dictator
on his visit to France in Dec 2007.
Sarkozy may have been angry with her in 2007 for attacking the visit,
but she was proved right when Sarkozy himself
started bombing Libya
in March 2011!
I hope he has apologised to Rama Yade.
"Let's get rid of them all"
- Tony Blair on the regimes of the unfree world.
He is responding to the "anti-war"
argument on Iraq:
"Why attack Iraq when there are so many other tyrannies?"
Blair brilliantly calls their bluff:
Yes. I agree. Let's do them all.
Of course this is the last thing the "anti-war" people want!
They want all tyrannies to be left alone.
The left wants to leave tyrannies alone.
I want all tyrannies destroyed, everywhere.
This is why I am not a leftist.
Who I block on Twitter:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who:
(a) target my job,
(b) target my appearance, or:
(c) libel me.
Also, since 2016, abusive reporting has become a thing.
I was targeted with abusive reporting by
an Israel-hater pretending to be "Jewish".
So I now also block:
(d) any account that even hints that it reports its enemies,
(e) any Israel-hater that claims to be Jewish.
It is just self-defence.