HYBRID DIPLOMACY

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FREEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!

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Tariq Ramadan has finally been allowed to enter the United States for the debate he so desperately desires. The HD heard the good sir speak at the London School of Economics and Political Science (the HD can neither confirm nor deny any affiliation with this educational institution. It was a public lecture) back in October where he argued for the necessity of respectful debate between the opposing ideological viewpoints.

The government move to ban people from entering countries based soley on ideological views (example: Geert Wilders to the UK and previously Tariq Ramadan to the US) is troubling. We need to have the debate.

BUT the US will allow him to enter the US, but the Chronicle won’t even let us read the article without a subscription!!!!!

First Freedom of FDR’s Four Freedoms that should be enjoyed by people “everywhere in the world”:

1. Freedom of speech and expression

First Freedom of the Hybrid Diplomat:

1. Letting us read articles on the Internet for free

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Written by hybriddiplomat

April 11, 2010 at 14:12

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  1. While freedom of speech is an important right, the bulwark against fascism and just generally a good thing, it is however, not an absolute right, and never has been. There is a normative framework in place dictating what you can say and what you can’t, and there are certain things that simply do not fall into the category of freedom of speech.

    The Islam debate is certainly one of those avenues of public debate that doesn’t necessarily need government regulation, but it cannot be unregulated either. There are views that are simply unacceptable in a liberal democracy, and do not fall within the category of freedom of speech. People definitely should be entitled to their views, but espousing them publically should not be an absolute right.

    Wilders’ hate speech is a prime example of how certain people try to have their cake and eat it too. He has no problems banning the Quran and isolating Islamist movements from exercising their rights when it comes to freedom of speech (it’s not necessarily a bad thing). But then to turn around and play the freedom of speech martyr card? To use a colloquial expression, “Bitch, please.”

    Juha

    April 11, 2010 at 15:51

  2. […] As there were two AMAZING comments today, a committee was set up in true diplomatic fashion among the HD’s closest confidants and determined JUHA to have the Comment of the Day: […]


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