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Thursday, November 06, 2003

So what's this about?
Bush calls for Democratic Reforms in the Middle East. The article describes a speech that aWol gave this morning, and is a mix of direct quotes and paraphrases, like this:

He said the United States and other nations shared blame for the lack of democratic freedoms in the Middle East.

"Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty,'' Bush said.

The White House web site doesn't have the speech posted yet, so it's hard to tell exactly what he said. If he's really discussing the un-Democratic regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and so on, in addition to his usual bogeymen Syria and Iran, and he's admitting that US policy has played a role in all of this, it certainly is interesting. Interesting good or interesting scary, it's hard to tell. Judging by his track record, I'm guessing scary. Connected to those warplanes over Scotland? Who knows?