Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Global neo-conservatism is based on three pillars:

1. The movement's core values are freedom and equality -- neo-conservatives seek an equilibrium where both values co-exist without diminishing the other

- Freedom to suppress equality (e.g. Afghanistan under Taliban) is unacceptable

- Equality that curtails freedom (e.g. Cambodia under Khmer Rouge) is unacceptable


2. The movement aspires to shape the world around its values

- These values have moral roots and universal meaning

- Political and social systems that do not share these values are a threat


3. The movement advocates assertive diplomacy where possible, and force where necessary, for shaping the world around its values

- Soviet Union was brought down principally through assertive diplomacy

- Baathist Iraq was brought down through force


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