Previous posts in this discussion:
PostDeath of Lee Kuan Yew (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 03/23/15 5:28 am)
I have just learned of Lee Kuan Yew's passing. He was one of the most respected leaders of our time, whose opinion was sought by other world leaders. He was one of the first to challenge the limitations and even the practical application of Western-style democracy in Asian culture.
When the duly elected Philippine president Joseph Estrada was unconstitutionally replaced by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Lee Kuan Yew was the first to warn the ouster was a tragic blow to democracy. He envisioned the need for US military presence in the region to act as equalizer against the growing Chinese economy, because even if all of China's Asian neighbors would band together, it will be no match against China.
JE comments: Lee Kuan Yew, the undisputed "father" of modern Singapore, perfected the concept of the Corporate State. He brought his tiny nation from poverty to world-leading prosperity in one generation, but did so with an iron fist. I'll agree with Bienvenido Macario that Lee "challenged the limitations of Western-style democracy." Some might call them "limitations"; others would call them freedoms, which were always in short supply under Lee.
Did anyone in WAISdom have the chance to meet Lee?