I had intended to take the day off from blogging. But, I found a passage in Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream that simply astounded me. Â I felt I just had to write about it:
But there are few examples in history in which the freedom men and women crave is delivered through outside intervention. In almost every successful social movement of the last century from Gandhi’s campaign against British rule to the Solidarity movement in Poland to the antiapartheid movement in South Africa, democracy was the result of a social awakening.
Um, what about the liberation of Western Europe from Nazism and the restoration of freedom and democracy to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway (to name just a “few examples”). These all happened in the last century, thanks to armed American intervention.
America’s “outside intervention” also brought democracy to Italy, Germany (its western half at first) and Japan. Just a “few” more examples. Guess Obama qualified himself with that word “almost.”
Still it’s striking he didn’t mention them in his book. Nor did he address the armed intervention of the last Democrat to serve in the White House, Bill Clinton. His efforts (supported by John McCain) helped bring freedom and democracy to the various nations that were once part of Yugoslavia.
Guess for Obama if facts don’t your theory, just ignore them.
UPDATE: Â Just realized I left out two nations which owe their freedom and democracy to armed intervention, Austria and South Korea. Â And unlike Obama, I didn’t have foreign policy “experts” reading this post and alerting me to errors or omissions.