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Democracy in Action?

Reported by Judy - March 22, 2006

George Bush tried his best on Wednesday (March 22, 1006) to explain how he is going to help the Afghani facing death because he converted to Christianity but it is clear from Bush's answer that he does not understand the government he helped put in place there.

The issue came up briefly on "Dayside" on Tuesday and the post from that show gives the details of the case involving Abdul Rahman.

Bush took a question about the case during his visit in Wheeling, West Virginia, which Fox News, of course, broadcast in its entirety.

Bush's answer: "We have got influence in Afghanistan and we are going to use it to remind them that there are universal values. They, it, it is deeply troubling that a country we helped liberate would hold a person to account because they chose a particular religion over another and so we are making our, part of the messaging just happened here in Wheeling. ... I think it's, we can solve this problem by working closely with the government that we've got contacts with and well, we'll deal with this issue diplomatically and remind people that there is something as universal as being able to choose religions."

If parts of the above paragraph don't make sense, don't worry. That's what he said. I thought you might enjoy a little "George Bush unscripted."

Clearly, Bush has no clue that the constitution chosen by the people the U.S. "liberated" enshrined Islamic law for the nation, and that is one of the consequences of it.

What he is saying also is that the U.S. will try to get the government there to violate its own constitution, approved more or less democratically by a vote of the people.

No wonder people in that part of the world are skeptical of democracy. It seems to mean that they will be required to do whatever we think they should do.

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