Bush urges Mideast leaders to advance democracy

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - Israel got glowing praise from President Bush earlier this week. On Sunday, the Arab world got a stern lecture, on the need to spread freedoms and isolate state sponsors of terror that he said are holding the region back.

“Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail,” Bush said in remarks prepared for delivery before the World Economic Forum in the Middle East. “The time has come for nations across the Middle East to abandon these practices, and treat their people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”


The Middle East needs democracy. They also need a better human rights record. Nations such as Saudi Arabia don’t even allow Christians to live there and that is very sad. What a sad human rights record places like Saudi Arabia have.

Democracy isn’t always a good thing you know. If citizens of a country elect to start a nuclear war or something like that, I certainly don’t want things to be handled “democratically” in that country.

Don’t forget that, two years ago, a terrorist group (Hamas) was elected to lead the Palestinian parliament.

Then tell me, if the Middle East doesn’t need Democracy, what does it need? :shrug: :confused:

Thats real funny.Bush declared war without the consent of congress as stipulated in the constitution…he has ignored the invasion of our shores by folks from other nations intent on working off the books thus cheating…thats not democracy…Bush ignores the poisoned food stuffs from communist china,hardly a democratic way to look at things…he had done more to destroy the two party system then any president since Ike…that is also hardly democracy in action…sigh…Paul Revere call for help…

You know not of what you speak.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 107th Congress - 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Joint Resolution (H.J.Res. 114 )
Vote Number: 237 Vote Date: October 11, 2002, 12:50 AM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Joint Resolution Passed
Measure Number: H.J.Res. 114
Measure Title: A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.
Vote Counts: YEAs 77
NAYs 23


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