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Saturday, January 22, 2005

The World Reacts

posted by Jazz at 1/22/2005 10:07:00 AM

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The Christian Science Monitor (holy cow! Have we ever quoted them before?) offers a pretty good roundup of world reaction to Dear Leader's threatening and saber rattling at the inauguration. There are quite a few good quotes for you to read, but one of the most startling came from a newspaper in Kenya.
Bush's speech focused on the 'power of freedom', saying that the best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. On that, not many people will disagree. The differences are over what he understands by 'freedom' and how the benefits of democracy should be spread in the world ? or indeed whether it is any country's business to export democracy to others... It is possible to have the freer world that Bush speaks of, but the idea that those who are strong and have a larger arsenal have an unchallenged right to impose their will on the weak, undermines democracy.
Good grief. Now we're getting lectured by the Kenyans. And to make matters worse, they're right.

Joe Gandelman, saying "Hell has frozen over", has some good thoughts to offer, and a gathering of other opinions from around the web.