Saturday, 18 September 2004

Upholding Principles of Democracy

Our President should listen to his own words!

"As governments fight the enemies of democracy, they must uphold the principles of democracy."
-President George W. Bush, appropriately expressing concern over the recent efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to centralize power.

I suspect Putin found the recent tragedy at Beslan to be a convenient excuse to use people's fear of terrorism as a justification for imposing tyranny.

They do not quite rank up there with Putin's call to end popular elections of regional governors, but the freedoms removed by the USA PATRIOT Act and subsequent actions by our government, presumably in the name of protecting freedom, could easily evoke the exact same words from its critics.

Further it seems that using a tragic act of terror, 9/11, as an excuse for all manner of actions from government secrecy to preemptive war is the modus operandi of the Bush administration. [End of Post]

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