Aznar: We need to defend Western values

posted at 4:31 pm on January 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

What do Europeans think about American leadership, Western values, and the need to defend democracy?  Dennis Prager decided to ask the former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar — and his answers might surprise viewers.  In another installment of his Prager University coursework on values and culture, Aznar links the abandonment of leadership on values with a rise in intolerance rather than the opposite:

Aznar also believes that big government is “unsustainable and untenable,” and that both Europe and the US need to learn that lesson quickly.    “A lot of interventionism is bad for societies.”

Stick around for Aznar’s views on Israel.  A hint: “Israel is on the front line” for Western democracies.  “It’s a land of opportunity,” Aznar says, explaining his leadership in the Friends of Israel project.

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I thought Spain is being run by Commies, bot unlike the rest of the Old World cesspools. First they aces the bailout thing, now this. Second look at Spanish language?

Archivarix on January 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

N E E D S…!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Well if we’re going to trash the Constitution, why not throw out the natural born citizen clause and elect him president. He’d certainly be better that what we’ve got. Though a damp dish towel would be as well.

rbj on January 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Well if we’re going to trash the Constitution, why not throw out the natural born citizen clause and elect him president. He’d certainly be better that what we’ve got. Though a damp dish towel would be as well.

rbj on January 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Earth to Orbit: we already did.

Archivarix on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Great guy and they threw him out after a terrorist attack.

IR-MN on January 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Why can’t we have leaders like this?

nobar on January 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The West’s schools teach that the West’s “values” are evil, while the rest of the world’s values are noble.

The result: civilizational suicide as our global enemies cheer it on, laughing at our self-loathing stupidity.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Earth to Orbit: we already did.

Archivarix on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Only if you are a liberal democrat. I’d like to see a republican try it. The left would be whipping out the Constitution faster than you can say “Constitution”. Just look back at McCain. He needed an act of Congress to grant him “natural born” status in the very same election that BO the great with a British father got a complete pass.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

aznar has the same number of letters as rubio. just one less vowel.

don’t worry homey, marco will swim across the rio grande just to get you that the aeiou of yer choice.

renalin on January 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Why do morons in Europe continually try to convince the world that it would be better without the strongest, most free and economically wealthy society the world has ever know in favor of a system that has collapsed throughout the history of humanity? And to think that Spain threw this guy out and elected Hugo Chavez of Spain…

England trades Tony Blair for a socialist. France trades a conservative for a socialist. Unfortunately, the morons of America have traded conservatism for a socialist.

People are weak and stupid and only care about government handouts and celebrity and could care less about the legacy they leave behind.

The founding fathers had it right the first time. Every amendment to the Constitution, except abolishing slavery, has led to the decline of America.

cajunpatriot on January 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I thought Spain is being run by Commies, bot unlike the rest of the Old World cesspools. First they aces the bailout thing, now this. Second look at Spanish language?

Archivarix on January 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Aznar was one of Bush’s big supporters early on after September 11. His eventual downfall to Zapatero was a terrible shame and I have to wonder whether Spain’s financial condition would be nearly as bad as it is if he were still in charge. He is certainly saying the right things, here.

Doomberg on January 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I have missed having Aznar on the world scene.

myrenovations on January 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

England trades Tony Blair for a socialist. France trades a conservative for a socialist. Unfortunately, the morons of America have traded conservatism for a socialist.

If David Cameron is a socialist, what the hell is Tony Blair?

EnglishRogue on January 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

England trades Tony Blair for a socialist.

cajunpatriot on January 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Huh?

I am a Socialist not through reading a textbook that has caught my intellectual fancy, nor through unthinking tradition, but because I believe that, at its best, Socialism corresponds most closely to an existence that is both rational and moral.”

- Tony Blair, 1983

“The socialism of Marx, of centralised state control of industry and production, is dead. It misunderstood the nature and development of a modern market economy; it failed to recognise that state and public sector can become a vested interest capable of oppression as much as the vested interests of wealth and capital; and it was based on a false view of class that became too rigid to explain or illuminate the nature of class division today.

By contrast, socialism as defined by certain key values and beliefs is not merely alive, it has a historic opportunity now to give leadership. The basis of such socialism lies in its view that individuals are socially interdependent human beings – that individuals cannot be divorced from the society to which they belong. It is, if you will, social-ism.”

- Tony Blair, Socialism, LSE, 1994

And, his wife:

‘Yes, I am a socialist.’

- Cherie Blair

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Great guy and they threw him out after a terrorist attack.

IR-MN on January 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

That’s right – this is the guy that threw Spain solidly behind the U.S. in the war on terror.

It only took a single terrorist attack for the Spaniards to throw this very awesome guy out of office.

HondaV65 on January 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Can tolerance for intolerance really be considered tolerance?

slickwillie2001 on January 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Unfortunately, the morons of America have traded conservatism for a socialist.

Willard was no conservative – though he tried to make himself over as one.

HondaV65 on January 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Oh, defend. I first read it as “defund”.

forest on January 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Um…don’t you think it would help if we first DEFINED “Western Values”?

Cleombrotus on January 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

To bad Spain was to stupid to reelect this guy.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Resist We Much on January 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

To me, there seems to be the difference of night and day between Blair as a socialist and Obama and his progressive wing. Am I romanticizing Blair, or do you see it different too? If you do, how would you describe the difference? I have my view, but would like to hear yours.

petefrt on January 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

To bad Spain was to stupid to reelect this guy.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Too bad Spain was too stupid to reelect this guy.

:)

tom daschle concerned on January 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

For some of you who talk about Spain not reelecting Aznar … he was elected 2 times, but he took the personal decision of being just 2 terms in the presidency, USA style. He always thought the USA is a example of democracy which should be followed.

But he made a big mistake, he choose Rajoy as his sucessor, he is what you could call a RINO. Rajoy is a honest guy, very qualified, etc so it looks good at first, but he is submisive with the leftist ideological dictatorship in the media, he is not strong to defend the true ideals against the left, etc

And when the Madrid bombings took place just refore the 2004 election, the media and the socialist party created a vile campaing against Rajoy and his party, Rajoy was too weak, the socialist machine was too evil and the spanish people was too dumb. So the socialist Zapatero won the election.

The terrorist did it that way to change the goverment, Aznar was a very strong leader against the terrorism and defending his allies, but they knew Spain was easy to fool, because the socialist and their media will do the job for them.

En fin, briefly, Aznar is a great leader, economically his succes was amazing, ideologically he was strong and brave. He stood besides his allies when needed, and he continue to stand besides his allies now, specially Israel which is the most endangered one.
So, even now that the socialist are not in the goverment anymore, we still miss Aznar.

MiguelAngel on January 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM