Thursday, August 10, 2006
I was extremely delighted to have been invited to participate in a conference call this afternoon with Natan Sharansky, one of the world's great moral leaders, sponsored by OneJerusalem.org. During the Cold War Sharansky saw tyranny up close, and fought it as one of the leading Soviet dissidents. In America, he is perhaps most famous for having written The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, the book that best articulates the practical argument that democracy (in all its dimensions) is the best antitode to terrorism over the long haul. Since March, Sharansky has sat in the Knesset as a member of the Likud Party.
I will have more to say about the call later. In the meantime, Pamela has already posted a summary with a link to an audio file of the entire call (my question, regarding the democratization strategy, should be about 25 minutes in). It's a better use of 40 minutes than anything on television tonight, I assure you.