posted on Dec, 10 2003 @ 07:54 AM
Not in Iraq/Taiwan/India/Iran, and Especially not in South America.
I read another article this morning on our pResident Bush, covering the visit of Communist China Premiere Wen. It brought into sharp contrast the
shift that we’ve had in perception globally, as well as action. In the aforementioned countries under Bush, we’ve favored the repressive regimes over
the democratic option: Bush came out in support of Wen by condemning "the comments and actions made by the leader of Taiwan". What did the
president of Taiwan call for? A simple ballot referendum for the Taiwanese – whether to stay pat or officially declare independence. Wen’s response?
To position more than the 500 missiles already pointed at the island, and say that they will resolve the issue by force, damn the consequence.
In the India/Pakistan conflict, the Bush America team has thrown it’s support behind Pakistan, run by a military dictator who came to power in a
bloody coup, whose country has been the hiding place for Afghani insurgents as well as Muslim conscripts against the US forces and whose country blew
up the Indian Congress while in session.
In Iraq, we have installed Paul Bremmer, the living embodiment of the “Duke” character from the Doonesbury Comic strip, who has shut down all Iraqi
newspapers/TV/Radio outlets. They’ve repelled all Iraqi citizens who were elected officials post invasion, who do not read off of the same
Iran was already implementing Western social standards and even had already formed their own versions of McDonalds, KFC and Coca Cola. But the “Axis
of Evil” labeling and saber rattling shifted that populace to renewed acknowledgement of the radical Mullahs & Ayatollahs. So much for supporting that
democratically elected president and his struggle, which he was winning, to bring Iran to secular world citizenry over isolated theocracy.
While valid arguments can be made for the quid pro quo in each circumstance, it’s inescapable in the realization that our moral obligation of being
Democracy’s champion & Evangelist is a far second to the political designs of staying in power by this administration. More specifically &, above all,
to avoid one more foreign policy crisis during an election year. But in avoiding a headache for himself, he demonstrated again how malleable is his
commitment to the defense of freedom as a guiding principle of U.S. policy.
[Edited on 10-12-2003 by Bout Time]