The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
Natan Sharansky believes that the truest expression of democracy is the ability to stand in the middle of a town square and express one's views without fear of imprisonment. He should know. A dissident in the USSR, Sharansky was jailed for nine years for challenging Soviet policies. During that time he reinforced his moral conviction that democracy is essential to both protecting human rights and maintaining global peace and security.
Sharansky was catapulted onto the Israeli political stage in 1996. In the last eight years, he has served as a minister in four different Israeli cabinets, including a stint as Deputy Prime Minister, playing a key role in government decision making from the peace negotiations at Wye to the war against Palestinian terror. In his views, he has been as consistent as he has been stubborn: Tyranny, whether in the Soviet Union or the Middle East, must always be made to bow before democracy.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience of democracy and its absence, Sharansky believes that only democracy can safeguard the well-being of societies. For Sharansky, when it comes to democracy, politics is not a matter of left and right, but right and wrong.
This is a passionately argued book from a man who carries supreme moral authority to make the case he does here: that the spread of democracy everywhere is not only possible, but also essential to the survival of our civilization. His argument is sure to stir controversy on all sides; this is arguably the great issue of our times.
... The Battle for Moral Clarity THE HUMAN RIGHTS CONFUSION THE MORAL MUDDLE IN ISRAEL HOW FREE SOCIETIES RESPOND TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS A DEMOCRACY AT ...
—Mort Zuckerman, EditorinChief, US News & World Report “As KGB prisoner, human rights hero and Jewish leader, Natan Sharansky has lived at the very center ...
It was the idea first championed by human rights dissident Andrei Sakharov, first practiced by Senator “Scoop” Jackson, and used with devastating effect by ...
My real crimes: fighting for human rights inside the Soviet Union and for the right of Soviet Jews, myself included, to emigrate.
Years later, I would discover that the belief that the right to dissent was more ... therefore, that free societies had a basic respect for human rights.
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I bought this book after watching Mr. Sharansky on Meet the Press. A very good book. This is "supposedly" the book that Bush is basing is foreing policy on, but he must not have read the same book ... Read full review
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The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
Natan Sharansky,Ron Dermer
No preview available - 2005