Readers write in about the West's patronizing view of Arab advancement, the coercive nature of progressive compassion, the threat of electromagnetic pulses, and Arab uprisings as a test for President Obama's commitment to freedom.
Walter Rodgers's March 7 column ("Arab strongmen are out, but is real democracy in?") asks: "Which institutions and traditions are Arab nations prepared to forfeit?" Perhaps none. Perhaps the West is pushing unwanted agendas, myopically treating the Arab world as if it should/could develop in ways the West perceives as correct.
If the new is really to replace the old, it will do so without our help. This process may take longer than we'd like, but the advancement of the rest of the world will eventually force the issue.
Michael Knox Beran's March 14 commentary, "When compassion turns into coercion," might be distilled to the following phrase: "A nanny state might be described as a police state in drag."
Mr. Beran provides a thorough, concise, easily understood exposure of the tragedy of progressivism. Big-government policies of control espoused by progressives stifle economic and personal freedom to the benefit of those seeking to impose their will.
Beran provides a breath of fresh air from standard commentary.