Values File

Movements for democracy or justice for war crimes are

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Unformatted text preview: ",, 8/1/03 The adage that democracies rarely go to war with each other applies only to truly liberal democracies, which are more likely to treat their own citizens with dignity, to resolve disputes by peaceful means, [and] to cooperate with other nations. There is no more important condition for international peace and security today - and thus for America's national security than helping to develop the institutions and values of liberal democracy. DEMOCRACY IS NOW A MORE UNIVERSAL VALUE Leslie H. Gelb and Justine A. Rosenthal "The Rise of Ethics in Foreign Policy", Foreign Affairs magazine May/June 2003 "These values are now widely shared around the world by different religions and cultures. Movements for democracy or justice for war crimes are no longer merely American or Western idiosyncrasies." SLHS Value File DEMOCRACY PROVIDES BENEFITS IN THE CLASSIC LIBERAL TRADITION James Baker, Secretary of State under President Bush "Democracy and Foreign Policy", speech given to the World Affairs Council, 1990 Unlike many other forms of government, democracy does not rely on a onetime grant of consent. Consent is reaffirmed through regular, fair, and free elections -- the "ticket" for the democratic journey. A democratic society also is characterized by the rule of law and by tolerance of diversity, a tolerance that protects individual rights from abuse, whether from an arbitrary minority or a tyrannical majority. Majority rule must uphold minority rights. There is another aspect to democracy of which we should be aware: its capacity for self-correction. We know that all too often the ideal of democracy is not found in daily reality. Often in our own country's history, the practice of public life has been at sharp variance with our standards. Yet the reality is that in a democracy, the road to progress is never permanently closed. There is a self-renewal, a selfcorrective element in the democratic process which allows us to overcome blunders and correct the cour...
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