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Bush demands Mid-East democracy US President George W Bush Bush: Tough message for Middle East leaders President George W Bush has deplored the "freedom deficit" in the Middle East and said the United States must remain focused on the region "for decades". "Our commitment to democracy is being tested in the Middle East," he said in a televised Washington speech in defence of US democracy. Mr Bush said dictators in Iraq and Syria had "left a legacy of torture, oppression, misery and ruin". Turning to Iran, he warned that "the regime in Tehran must heed the democratic demands of the Iranian people, or lose its last claim to legitimacy".
But some governments in the region were "beginning to see the need for change", he said, citing Morocco, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Yemen.
Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe He also stressed that "Islam is consistent with democratic rule" in his speech to the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. He said that to say Islam and democracy were incompatible was "cultural condescension". The BBC's Rob Watson in Washington says the speech may come to be seen as a defining moment in the Bush presidency.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cautioned the West Thursday that attempts to meddle in the rebellions of the Arab world may sweep extremists to power. Skip related content
"You have to give people the chance to choose their own fates and their own futures," Putin said at a press conference with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
"Give them the opportunity to determine their own fate through natural means and not with any kind of outside interference," he said.
Putin warned that previous attempts to "impose democracy" had fostered Iran's Islamic revolution and triggered election victories for radicals that the West is now fighting to contain.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is once again visiting President Bush. Before Mubarak came to Washington, he was visited by CIA Director Tenet who is reportedly coordinating CIA moves against the Islamic movement in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.
American and Pakistani readers need to have a little background on Mubarak to understand his visit to Washington.
1. Mubarak receives $2.3 BILLION dollars every year from the U.S. to keep himself in power. The money is spent on his vast security apparatus (MUKHABARAT) in Egypt. Every African country has Egyptian intelligence agents looking for Islamic activists. The money is also used to refurbish his armed forces which are given inferior weaponry making it impossible for it to fight Israel. However, the weaponry is enough for Egypt to bully Sudan and Libya whenever the U.S. sees the need.
[The $2.3 billion annual grant makes Mubarak the biggest recipient of American aid second only to Israel.]
2. Mubarak has been used by Washington to crush the Islamic movement in Egypt. Nearly 60,000 Egyptian dissidents are being held in dungeons and underground prisons by the Mubarak regime. Some of the methods used by Mubarak, documented by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, include:
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Originally posted by RustyShakleford92
Putin has the right idea. We are reading and hearing it everyday in the news. If there is an accuasation of America interviening in these protests, trust me, Russia will let it be known to it's public. And in turn, I will inform all of yous.
I gess according to you we should have invaded Egypt back in the day?