Sharia in Iraq (cont’d)

Michael Ledeen at NRO has just discovered that democracy (majority rule) and liberalism (individual rights and a non-sectarian state) sometimes conflict, as in Afghanistand and Iraq.

Ledeen somehow manages to tie the Bush Administration’s acquiesence in the establishment of theocracy to the political correctness of American history textbooks, but let that pass. He does stand up forsquare for liberalism, though of course he can’t call it that. That’s more than most of our editorial pages and elected officials have done.

Am I the only one who finds the very muted media coverage of this puzzling? And where are the warbloggers?

This may be a case where we wind up having to back off from some of our liberal commitments both for democratic reasons and in a bid to create some political stability. But if we have to do that, we should at least do it grudgingly.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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