Why America Should Defend Religious Freedom Abroad

Arguing that it is both morally correct and in the interest of the U.S. to defend vigorously the rights of religious minorities in foreign countries, Ben Sasse contends that such a policy must be rooted in a clear understanding of the importance of religious liberty to the American republic itself. To Sasse, the foundation of this core principle lies not in defending the rights of one’s own group, but in defending those of others. (Video, about one hour.)

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More about: Alexis de Tocqueville, Politics & Current Affairs, Religious Freedom, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Foreign policy

 

Emmanuel Macron Signals an End to the Appeasement of Hizballah

Since the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Paris has sought to take an active role in helping its former colony’s recovery, and overseeing political reform. One major obstacle is Hizballah, which, in Matthew Levitt’s words, serves “as the militant defender of the corruption and cronyism of the current government system.” While France has historically been reluctant to confront the terrorist group, its president seems to be losing patience:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, France, Hizballah, Lebanon, Terrorism