Over the past many years, one thing is for sure in America… our foreign policy has seen much debate. Quite frankly, it may in the end not be about spreading liberty and democracy as much as it has been about how one accomplishes this feat. For starters, I would like to introduce you to a fine book called, A case for democracy by Natan Sharansky. At one point, I am certain that everyone on capitol hill read it once they found out that the president himself was reading it. (uh-oh! I best stay in step with the boss. where can I find this book?)
From wikipedia about Natan…
After being denied an exit visa to Israel on the grounds of national security in 1973, he became an activist in the human rights movement led by prominent physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, and became internationally known as the spokesperson for the Moscow Helsinki Watch Group. Sharansky was one of the founders of, and spokesmen for, the Jewish and Refusenik movements in Moscow.
In March 1977, he was arrested, and in July 1978 convicted on charges of treason and spying for the United States, and sentenced to 13 years of forced labor. After 16 months of incarceration in Lefortovo prison, he was sent to Perm 35, a Siberian labor camp, where he served for nine years. The fate of Sharansky and other political prisoners in the USSR, repeatedly brought to international attention by Western human rights groups and diplomats, was a cause of embarrassment and irritation for the Soviet authorities. As a result of increasing pressure of a mounting international campaign led by his wife, Avital Sharansky, in 1986, he was released to East Germany and led across the Glienicke Bridge to West Berlin where he was exchanged for a pair of Soviet spies: Karl Koecher and his wife, Hana Koecher. Famed for his resistance in the Gulag, he was told upon his release to walk straight towards his freedom; Sharansky instead walked in a zigzag in a final act of defiance. Sharansky then emigrated to Israel, adopting a Hebrew given name, Natan.
I think this guy knows a thing or two about liberty.
Secondly, one thing we hear a lot of people say is… I just want to save the world. And, there is nothing wrong with that. Matter of fact, we can never stop believing that we can make a difference. So, naturally, when I read the statement… But if we truly want to solve the world’s problems, here are five things we need to do. Then, I want to read this to test this persons theories versus mine, which perhaps I have yet of course failed to even to test and am not entirely sure I could explain my theory outside of the simple statement to love God and love others.
Take a look at this article… But if we truly want to solve the world’s problems…
So… is this the answer we have been waiting for? How would you choose to save the world? What are you feeling called to do to make a difference? How can I help?