Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Democracy and totalitarian terrorism

Michael Gove in The Times argues that democracy is the answer to terrorism - that the Chechen independence movement is harmed by the barbarism of Beslan:

But the history of Europe in the past century reminds us that it is only a short distance from Beslan to Belsen. The motivation in both cases was not ancient antipathy but modern ideology.

The need to spread democracy to counter terror and tyranny, far from being a neoconservative dream that died in the sands of Iraq, remains not just the most important lesson of the 20th century, but the single most important challenge of our time.

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