Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

"Occasionally, as Rudyard Kipling has noted, the dawn does come up like thunder out of China across the bay. It is then that we notice her ablaze -- the rising of energies from a billion people, natural merchants, who long to be free and deserve to be." [A friend not in Bartlett's.]

What brings this to mind is our search for ideas in the famous book of quotations to help put the 11-day standoff with China in perspective. As at Tiananmen Square, we suppose, simply the fear of appearing weak drives Beijing's weak policies that, eventually, will collapse as the people come to understand that they can win their freedom only when, one by one, they no longer are afraid to stand up a million or a billion times to the cowards who control their institutions.

As the Bush administration deals with the warlords of China, it might be worthwhile to review the Reagan Doctrine employed against the former Soviet Union. J. Michael Waller recaps this foreign-policy masterpiece and provides lessons for how to apply it to China. …

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