Azerbaijan International

Winter 2003 (11.4)
Page 23

Freedom is Fragile

(1) Geopolitically Speaking: Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski - Betty Blair
(2) Analysis - War On Terrorism: Failing to Grapple with the Political Dimension - Zbigniew Brzezinski
(3) The Caucasus and New Geo-Political Realities: How the West Can Support the Region - Zbigniew Brzezinski
(4) Geopolitically Speaking: Russia's "Sphere of Influence" - Chechnya and Beyond - Zbigniew Brzezinski
(5) More Quotes by Zbigniew Brzezinski

"There is also a risk, however, that for many young people, independence is something that can be taken for granted. One should always remember that independence is a condition that is derived from one's own determination to be independent. And those who have earned their freedom may be more conscious of it than those who are born into freedom, who may take independence and freedom for granted as the normal state of affairs.

Unfortunately, the world we live in is not like that. There are very few countries that are wholly secure in their independence. It is particularly the younger people - members of the academic community - who will be shaping the destiny of this country in the years to come. One should always remember that this freedom depends upon the genuine, enduring, deep, and uncompromising commitment to one's country."

Zbigniew Brzezinski (b. 1928) on the occasion of being awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Baku State University on November 7, 2003. Dr. Brzezinski served as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

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