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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Democracy, American style

Iraqis appear to have taken an important step in the Bush administration's goal of bringing democracy to the Middle East. Good luck, they are going to need it.

The biggest question is what is that new government going to look like, based on its role model, the United States. Will it include spying on its own citizens without court approval?

How about supporting torture?

Or religious tolerance?

The latest revelations about the Constitution-busting practices of the Bush administration -- all in the name of American freedom -- suggest once again that we have lost the war on terror because we have abandoned the principles we claim to be fighting to preserve. There's no need to fear a caliphate, the latest scare term in the Bush arsenal.

The work of the anti-democratic (small d) forces in the White House, Cabinet and Congress have accomplished what Islamic extremists could not. We are a nation where civil liberties are cast aside in the name of "democracy." We are a nation where "enemies" are jailed without due process, their every word monitored. We are ruled by religious zealots pushed by a small band of ayatollahs who wish to impose their narrow world view on everyone.

The one big difference? Iraqis are starting fresh, a chance to succeed if they ignore their teachers. They turn out en masse to vote. We stay away in droves, turned off by the cynicism, viciousness and dirty tricks (see Florida and Ohio).

George, you've done a great job learning from Saddam.

2 Comments:

Blogger NYkrinDC said...

Well, at least you admit that there's progress being made in Iraq.

December 16, 2005 11:38 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Progress? Remains to be seen. The fact they were willing to brave guns to vote is something to commend given what voter turnout in the US is.

December 16, 2005 12:58 PM  

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