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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:56 PM
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When the thug is our thug (Do we really want Democracy everywhere?)
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-boot19oct19,0...

MAX BOOT
When the thug is our thug
Max Boot

October 19, 2005


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All of this creates a major dilemma for President Bush. He has repeatedly pledged to "stand with dissidents and exiles against oppressive regimes." But the oppressive regime in Azerbaijan is willing to do favors for the United States. How hard is the U.S. willing to fight for its ideals?

The answer should come soon. Parliamentary elections are scheduled for Nov. 6, and they promise to be anything but free and fair. The government is passing out multiple voting cards to its supporters, and it is refusing to use indelible ink to prevent fraud. In the run-up to the vote, truncheon-wielding cops have been cracking heads among peaceful demonstrators. And, although returning opposition leader Rasul Guliyev never made it to Baku on Monday (he was detained in Ukraine), hundreds of his supporters were rounded up by authorities determined to avoid a repeat of the peaceful revolutions that have swept post-Soviet Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.

The U.S. reaction to this thuggery has been muted, to put it kindly. Two years ago, when Ilham Aliyev was anointed president in a rigged election following his father's demise, the State Department appeared to offer congratulations rather than criticism. Nowadays, U.S. Ambassador Reno L. Harnish III speaks highly of Aliyev's supposed moderation and is not protesting too loudly this "reformer's" rampant rights abuses. The ambassador tried unsuccessfully to block a group of Western think tanks from holding a conference last weekend in Baku that featured leading opposition figures. He told organizers he didn't want to stir things up before the election.

Yet stirring things up is precisely what Bush has been doing with his pro-democracy rhetoric. If the president is serious about his "guiding ideal of liberty for all," he can't afford to make an exception for Azerbaijan.

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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:59 PM
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1. another right-wing nut publicly doubting the shrub
poor shrubby.

Boot is about as nutty as they come.
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:09 PM
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2. Boortz in favor of saving Rich first-now rich like thugs enforce decisions
I must say, the rich, for each dollar spent, are getting as much as these guys are able to put out.

They must be very tired whores.
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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:14 PM
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3. max boot had an opinion piece earlier in the year that
outlined his plan for swelling the ranks of the U.S. millitary...

go to poor countries and offer their poorest citizens american citizenship if they're willing to dodge bullets ans IEDs for a while first.

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=9...

http://www.fff.org/comment/com0506e.asp

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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:33 PM
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4. The Roman Empire looks less and less corrupt over time!
:-)
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