Monday, February 20, 2006

Is France a free democracy?

A few years ago ex-Israeli Minister and former refusenik Natan Sharansky made a very interesting definition of democracy. It wasn't about elections and the right to vote, Sharanky had a far more compelling description.
In his book 'The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror' Sharansky has a democracy 'town hall test'. "If you can go in the center of the town square and you can express your views and you will not be punished for this, so you live in a free society. If you are punished for this, if you are afraid to express your views, you live in a fear society."
In a recent demonstration against the3 Mohammed cartoons, thousands of Muslims took to the streets of Paris. Two counter-demonstrators decided to come out in favour of freedom of expression and espressing support for Denmark in the face of boycotts.
Watch this video and see how some parts of the West have gone mad and will now not even tolerate a demonstration supporting the rights France and the West supposedly stand for. While thousands of Islamists have the right to call for death, terrorism and violence in Europe, others are not even allowed to counter-demonstrate with such simple and democratic slogans.

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