Kathleen Parker, writing about diplomatic fallout from the Wikileak documents, includes a poignant reaction:
Writing for the center-right Le Figaro, French journalist Renaud Girard said: “What is most fascinating is that we see no cynicism in U.S. diplomacy. They really believe in human rights in Africa and China and Russia and Asia. They really believe in democracy and human rights.”
Yes, we really do.
If Americans are guilty of anything, he said, it is being a little naive. Let’s plead guilty as charged and get on with it.
And yet I think it’s good not to be cynical about democracy, freedom, human rights, etc. Is there a way to keep our ideals without being naive?