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Friday, May 01, 2009

Good Men Recognize Each Other

Over at the Corner Jay Nordlinger notes a recent appearance at MIT by the Dalai Lama in which the holy man stated that he "loved" George W. Bush, whom he considered to be a good and honest man. I'm not sure that I agree with Nordlinger's suggestion that having a high opinion of Bush is a rough measure of the goodness of a person. I know several good and decent people who dislike Bush, but their main source of information is the New York Times. They speak out of ignorance, not moral failing. But it is heartening to learn that one of the great moral voices of our times shares my estimation of President Bush, whom I consider to be a good man and a good [possibly a great] President.

Read Nordlinger's post here.

UPDATE: In a followup post Nordlinger provides a short list of admirable people who have expressed their admiration of President Bush. They include Paul Johnson, David Pryce-Jones, Norman Podhoretz, Robert Conquest, Armando Valladares, Natan Sharansky, Álvaro Uribe, Hamid Karzai, Barham Salih, John Howard, and . . . the Dalai Lama.

Read it here.

Some of these are heroes of mine -- it is gratifying to learn that they share my opinion of one of our best Presidents and one of our nation's best men.