Is The Future of the West in East Asia and Eastern Europe?

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One of my new year’s resolutions was to keep up with international news.

As part of that, I have been trying to follow events in Belarus where, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Belarussians have come out in large numbers against long-term dictator Alexander Lukashenko who was coronated president in a sham election just over a week ago.

One thing that has struck me is the juxtaposition of those in the streets of Minsk for whom the West is an important ideal and symbol of freedom and democracy, with the widespread embarrassment, and even hatred, among certain gatekeepers in the US and UK, for all that the West stands for. (By the West, I mean the coherent cultural entity that is comprised of nations that hold to values of the rule of law, self-determination, democratic elections, individual freedom, and I would add, the presence of an active1 Christian faith).

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