In his inaugural speech as President, Thomas Jefferson entreats us as a people, a nation, and a government to be friends of all nations but to avoid entangling alliances with all. One of the best ways to express our friendship with other nations in a way that requires no treaties, no trade agreements, and no alliances, is through international competition.
Back in the 1980s, South Africa figured prominently on the West’s radar screen. Protests against apartheid were everywhere; the movement even inspired a song: “Sun City.” With the fall of the apartheid regime in 1994, however, people lost interest in the faraway land.
Although the Christmas day “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been the focus of a great deal of media attention, and his plot the enabling action for a new round of security measures, attacks on Christian congregations in Egypt and Malaysia have not received similar levels of attention.