• Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty. ... The global wave of democracy has barely reached the Arab states. For too long, many people in that region have been victims and subjects. They deserve to be active citizens.

    National Endowment for Democracy Address on the Middle East, delivered 6 November 2003, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
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