In 1941, the world was bleeding, dark and dangerous: Pearl Harbor, the London Blitz, and the occupation of France, Poland and China by Fascist regimes. The United States military was woefully unprepared to protect this nation, let alone our allies, from the confident, organized forces of Fascism. Freedom, it seemed, was dead.
Yet before the assembled houses of Congress stood a resolute Franklin D. Roosevelt, outlining the differences between Fascism and Freedom. Roosevelt told Congress, told the Nazis, told the world that America's inherent moral foundation, our belief in Freedom and Humanity, would carry America to victory over Fascism. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms became a symbol of American idealism. Seven bloody years later on December 10th, Eleanor Roosevelt would sign the first ever International Declaration of Human Rights, enshrining her husband's vision in International Law and lying the first foundations to the benevolent Pax Americana.
The 57 years since Elanor Roosevelt signed the IDHR has been the longest period of peace and prosperity the world has ever known. In America's world, war is rare, poverty and disease fast receeding, and Democracy spreading like wildfire. How then have the Europeans become the inheritors and guarantors of our legacy? On the 57th anniversary of the IDHR, Condi lobbies to protect America's Freedom to Torture: Abu Grahib and Guantanamo representing her vision for America. 57 years to the day, China has undertaken one of the bloodiest supressions of its own population since Tiananmen Square, and I seriously doubt we will respond in any tangible manner. Looking at the Machivellian nations that twice sparked Worldwide War, do we differ? Is this a truly Orwellian Animal Farm moment, where the animals eventually can't distinguish between the pigs and the men?
America's strength has never stood on its ability to inspire fear: only a Fascist and a Criminal lives by the sword. America's strength lies in its ability to inspire hope in mankind. A hope that drives men to live, to fight, to secure and safeguard freedom for himself, his neighbor and his nation.