Fighting the Ignorance of the Intellectuals

Dissent Magazine has a great interview with Adam Michnik, “a leading force in the Solidarity trade union movement, and the founder and editor of the largest Polish daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.” He was for the war for Iraq, and is for the US’s push for democracy.
Though reading the whole thing is a must for anyone interested in understanding why democratization is a Liberal goal, here is one quote that struck me:

We take this position because we know what dictatorship is. And in the conflict between totalitarian regimes and democracy you must not hesitate to declare which side you are on. Even if a dictatorship is not an ideal typical one, and even if the democratic countries are ruled by people whom you do not like. I think you can be an enemy of Saddam Hussein even if Donald Rumsfield is also an enemy of Saddam Hussein.

TC: But this is the paradox, the problem that we face. The moral argument confronts the body of international law and falls flat.
AM: What is international law when you have the human rights commission in Geneva headed by Libya?

The ignorance of the intellectuals who oppose democratization just because it is a Bush Administration policy will be seen as one of the greatest failures of the left in our time.


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