A liberal society cannot be defended by herbivores. We need carnivores to save us, but we had better make sure the meat-eaters hunt only on our orders.
New York Times magazine op-ed piece, May 2, 2004
The [Afghans] understand the difficult truth that their best hope of freedom lies in a temporary experience of imperial rule.Michael Ignatieff
The Only cure for nihilism is for liberal democratic societies - their electorates, their judiciary, and their political leadership- to insist that force is legitimate only to the degree that it serves defensible poltical goals. Thus implies a constant exercise of due diligence...Michael Ignatieff
The medium's gaze is brief, intense, and promiscuous. The shelf life of the moral causes it makes its own is brutally short.Michael Ignatieff
"To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war."Michael Ignatieff
It was Reagan who began the realignment of American politics, making the Republicans into internationalist Jeffersonians with his speech in London at the Palace of Westminster in 1982, which led to the creation of the National Endowment for Democracy and the emergence of democracy promotion as a central goal of United States foreign policy.Michael Ignatieff