Not because they're our puppets. Quite the opposite, in fact: As a country becomes freer, it begins to favor policies that enhance and spread that freedom, because it sees that such policies are in its own interests.
It's no coincidence that most American proposals at the U.N. are aimed at increasing freedom and democracy worldwide, and free nations tend to support us in that mission. It's the unfree and undemocratic that line up to oppose us. A coalition of free nations would encourage others to vote with us on major proposals.
At the same time, we should encourage the spread of freedom by focusing our foreign aid on countries that advance both political and economic freedom. We've already seen that a shotgun-aid approach -- giving money to virtually everyone -- doesn't necessarily promote our interests. It's time to reward those countries that make progress. The Bush administration's Millennium Challenge Account program is a good first step in this direction. We should expand it, even as we phase out other foreign-aid programs.
According to its charter, the U.N. aims "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small."
We can make this ideal a reality -- through a coalition of free nations, working to spread that freedom far and wide.
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