Friday, May 05, 2006

"Be not Afraid"

"There is another reason we can have confidence in the future of democracy. Individual rights, self-determination, and respect for the dignity of each person are consistent with our nature as human beings. We are created in the image and likeness of God, and He has planted in our hearts a yearning to be free. And because of that immutable truth, the idea of liberty will always stir men and women to action. So to those who struggle to secure their freedom, let us offer the same support we would ask for ourselves, and the same words of encouragement once given by Pope John Paul II to an afflicted Europe: 'Be Not Afraid.'"

Dick Chaney, Vice President of the USA in his recent speech in Lithuania, particularly critical of Russia and its treatment of democracy and freedom. (available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/04/world/europe/04cnd-cheney-text.html)

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