social democracy today

The civil war in Syria the protests in Turkey and Egypt shows us that the Arab Spring has turned chilly. The civil war in Syria has become an international conflict with Russia America and the Arab countries supporting their own sides. I believe in democracy. In any conflict I look at the sides that are involved. What I see in Syria is 2 sides that are as bad as each other. I can’t support any side. I believe that the West should stay out of the conflict.
In Turkey and Egypt we have a religious government against people who seek personal freedom. I support the people in these conflicts. In these countries what we find is the inability of the different groups to share a common future. Ireland was like that in the past. In These 3 countries different religious groups seek supreme power. The minorities will suffer injustice if the majority succeed in gaining power. We need to create societies that are pluralist. We need societies where people of all religions and none can life in freedom and tolerance.
The Anglo Irish tapes are an interesting insight into banking culture in Ireland. People are angry. They have a right to be angry. Our international standing has suffered. I hope that don’t make the same mistakes as we did in the past. I fear we may forget the lesions of the past. The anger over the Anglo Irish tapes may help in the creation of a new and better Ireland. John O Brien.

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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