A few years back, I read Lee Kuan Yew’s Memoirs. No matter what one thinks of his illiberal political tendencies, his leadership in carving out a successful city state in an unstable and convulsing Southeast Asia was breathtaking.
I have always been surprised and irritated by Lee’s hypersensitivity to political challenge in this era in which he and his brand of technocratic elites have so clearly won all the political battles they needed to win to feel enormously secure. But now comes a refreshing sign of Barry Goldwater-like transformation for Singapore’s most powerful conservative — tolerance of gays. Perhaps this is the beginning of a new Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee sure has better sense than Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace on this particular issue.
— Steve Clemons