Sunday, May 01, 2005

What Happened to Democracy?


President Bush holding hands with Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah at the Bush ranch this week.

The President welcomes dictators who deny their citizens basic human rights? The Saudi "monarchy" presides over a country where freedom of expression is "nonexistent," where political parties are not permitted, where there is no free press, where peaceful anti-government protest is "unthinkable," and where "infringements on privacy [abound], gender discrimination [is institutionalized], harsh restrictions on the exercise of religious freedom [are enforced], and the use of capital and corporal punishment" is common for trivial crimes. (Human Rights Watch.) The Saudi regime also supports terrorists.

Saddam Hussein got an invasion; Prince Abdullah gets an invitation to the ranch. What's the difference between the two again?

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