FDR's Four Freedoms - Iran's New World Order

At a recent high school football game, the half-time show centered around President Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech. Norman Rockwell painted corresponding pictures that appeared in the Saturday Evening post. Not until the fourth freedom was displayed was one's attention particularly drawn to the field. Here is the fourth:

"The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world."

This speech was given on January 6, 1941. Unfortunately, Europe had been living according to this fourth freedom since the end of World War I - with one exception - Nazi Germany.

Today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "We need a new order, wherein all nations and governments can equally play a role in world management." His new world order would not be new, but would be the world order of Islam which almost overran Europe and Western civilization a few hundred years ago if not for the strength of the Christian Byzantine Empire.

All nations are not equal. There will always be differences. There is evil in the world and those nations that strive to be better, while sometimes failing, must continue to be strong in the face of evil. FDR said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. No, one thing we have to fear is his "fourth freedom".