Tue Nov 15th, 2005 at 09:37:52 AM EST
Via a commentator on dKos, I came across this little house of horrors:
The Henry Jackson Society is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote the following principles: that liberal democracy should be spread across the world; that as the world’s most powerful democracies, the United States and the European Union – under British leadership – must shape the world more actively by intervention and example; that such leadership requires political will, a commitment to universal human rights and the maintenance of a strong military with global expeditionary reach; and that too few of our leaders in Britain and the rest of Europe today are ready to play a role in the world that matches our strength and responsibilities.
Their "principles" include forceful democratisation, an emphasis on military power, "the importance of unity between the world’s great democracies, represented by institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the OECD, amongst many others" and "Believes that only modern liberal democratic states are truly legitimate, and that any international organisation which admits undemocratic states on an equal basis is fundamentally flawed."
Their list of signatories is interesting: their list of patrons reads like a most-wanted list.
From one of their editorials we get the following, appropriate, quote:
Equally, there have been stirrings throughout British society that tolerance – an intrinsic part of British culture – can only be taken so far, especially when dealing with bigots.