Wish I'd said that - August 1, 2018
"today, detached from the concept of a free society, human rights have no reference point. The concept of rights has come to mean sympathy for the poor, the weak, and the suffering. To be sure, this sympathy is essential if we want to live in moral societies and should be encouraged and cultivated by families, schools, and governments. Yet without moral clarity, sympathy can also be placed in the service of evil. A world without clarity... is a world in which the only democracy in the Middle East is perceived as the greatest violator of human rights in the world.... a world in which, in the name of peace, pacifists in the West marched alongside emissaries of the KGB who, posing as peace activists, sought to undermine the efforts of a free world to defend itself against Soviet aggression.... It is a world in which those who dream of peace are willing to place a wolf and a lamb in the same cage and hope for the best – again and again."
“Preface” in Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer The Case for Democracy