In November 2003 w told us:
�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,�
This is a noble sentiment and one that would go far toward making the world a safer place if followed.
But how, then, does w explain his support for this saddam clone:
ILHAM ALIYEV was inaugurated as president of the oil-rich Muslim country of Azerbaijan three months ago after an election condemned by international observers as blatantly fraudulent. When members of the opposition tried to protest, they were brutally beaten by police. There followed a massive, nationwide crackdown in which more than 1,000 people were arrested, including opposition leaders, activists from nongovernmental organizations, journalists and election officials who objected to the fraud. More than 100 remain in prison, including most of the senior opposition activists.
Check out this report from Human Rights Watch for details.
Perhaps all this is consistent with w’s undertanding of what it means to do things for human rights.
Via Randy Paul.