A stone’s throw away from the White House, former President George W. Bush said today the world is in an “extraordinary” time for freedom and that the changes of the Arab Spring should be embraced despite the uncertain future that comes with them.

Bush said those who say the dangers of democratic change are too great and that America should be in favor of stability over change are unrealistic.

“In the long run, this foreign-policy approach is not realistic,” Bush argued, “It is not realistic to presume that so-called stability enhances our national security. Nor is it within the power of America to indefinitely preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable.”