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Things to learn

To the Editor:

In “Another View,” you set a goal of explaining free expression to people who never enjoyed the right. Sorry, that won’t be enough. We also will have to explain respecting the rights of the minority.

The Muslim protesters have learned that when democracy brings them leadership, it also brings the same power that their former oppressors once used. There also are some things we must learn. One of the first things will be that if we wish to have a relationship with the leader of a country who has gained power through democracy, but does not have a perfect understanding of democracy, we may be challenged with educating someone not interested in taking lessons.

Indeed, there are those in our own country who we may assume have a good understanding of democracy, but do not. I am speaking of tea party members who understand the power that democracy brought them, but not the obligation to govern once elected.

Our government must recognize those who hold the power, as we once did with Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. This we must do if we are ever to have a relationship with the people of the country. It is a chance we must take if we wish to keep the light burning “beside the golden door” held by the Statue of Liberty.

I don’t think this obligation to democracy requires us to send our young people and treasure to countries that do not educate their own young or enslave their women or tolerate killing their own people.

Lloyd Stoner

Fox River Grove


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