Trevor Loudon, New Zeal Blogspot, December 5, 2010
Tolerance is a commendable virtue, but honesty is even more important.
Austrian Member of Parliament Ewald Stadler, is bluntly honest in his rebuttal of Turkish criticism of alleged poor treatment of Turkish immigrants by Austria.
Some societies are better than others. Some cultures are respectful and tolerant of individuals than others. That is a fact.
Tolerant and open societies should not put up with criticism from nations with far poorer human rights records.
Ewald Stadler seems to understand that. If only more western politicians did, we would all be better off.
[See the video (with translation) of Evald Stadler’s speech in Parliament here.]