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Saturday, February 28, 2004
We don't care about democracy, says Uncle Sam
Remember how creating a society "not ruled by corrupt monarchs or brutal dictators" was the real reason the U.S. had to invade Iraq since this would lead to democracy spreading throughout the Arab world?
Well, unless you want to say Arabs are inherently different from other races of people, which goes against the party line, you can scratch that one off the list of still standing reasons for invading Iraq as Team Bush has all but said they don't believe it.
Armed insurgents in Haiti, who may be a proxy army of the United States, seek to overthrow elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This situation could have terrible results, if it hasn't already. How has the U.S. responded? By backing up democracy? By threatening to intervene in defense of democracy?
Even as Team Bush promotes democracy for the Middle East, They make it clear they don't care about it in Haiti. Asked on Thursday about whether Aristide should stay in office, good cop Powell said Aristide "is the democratically elected president, but he has had difficulties in his presidency, and I think as a number of people have commented, whether or not he is able to effectively continue as president is something that he will have to examine. I hope he will examine it carefully, considering the interests of the Haitian people."
How the end of Haitian democracy would impact democracy in the Caribbean is not discussed for reasons that you will just have to guess. Personally I’m worried about tyranny coming to Puerto Rico, and you know what that would mean.
Hit a rough spot and democracy has apparently failed, if the Bush Administration wants it to fail.