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Saturday, August 12, 2006
A Brit Weighs in on "the Tree of Liberty"

Andrew Gimson, a Brit, writing in the Telegraph:

The Americans' tactics in Iraq, and their sanction for Israel's tactics in Lebanon, have given rise to astonishment and anger in Europe. It may well be that those tactics are counter-productive, and that the Americans and Israelis need to take a different approach to these ventures if they are ever to have any hope of winning hearts and minds.

But when the Americans speak of freedom, we should not imagine, in our cynical and worldly-wise way, that they are merely using that word as a cloak for realpolitik. They are not above realpolitik, but they also mean what they say.

These formidable people think freedom is so valuable that it is worth dying for.

Via Althouse.

For what it is worth, I think it is because, unlike most other nations, we are bound together by powerful and liberating creed -- the Declaration of Independence.

We are not American by race, religion, ethnicity (or even place of birth). We are not Americans by virtue of the fact that we live under the Constitution. Lots of countries live under constitutions. We are Americans by our belief in what is self-evident: that all men are created equal and endowed by Our Creator with certain inalienable rights; among them: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is what Superman used to call "the American way," before Hollywood sold out to the foreign markets.

Freedom. Independence. Self-Government. It is a beautiful thing, made all the more beautiful by the fact that the world has room for more than one shining city on a hill.

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