Musharraf regime attacks protesters who want freedom. Last week, Bush supported those who “yearn for freedom”




What a difference a week makes.

Just last Wednesday, Bush was at the Heritage Foundation extolling the virtues of freedom and liberty:

We are standing with those who yearn for the liberty — who yearn for liberty in the Middle East, because we understand that the desire for freedom is universal, written by the Almighty into the hearts of every man, woman and child on this Earth. (Applause.)

We are standing with those who yearn for liberty in the Middle East, because we know that the terrorists fear freedom even more than they fear our firepower. They know that given a choice, no one will choose to live under their dark ideology of violence and death.

We’re standing with those who yearn for liberty in the Middle East, because we know that when free societies take root in that part of the world, they will yield the peace we all desire. See, the only way the terrorists can recruit operatives and suicide bombers is by feeding on the hopelessness of societies mired in despair. And by bringing freedom to these societies, we replace hatred with hope, and this will help us to marginalize the extremists and eliminate the conditions that feed radicalism, and make the American people more secure.

This week, Bush’s ally in Pakistan, the dictator Musharraf, has imposed martial law. He is brutally attacking protesters who are fighting for democracy:

The Musharraf government’s resolve to silence its fiercest opponents was evident in the strength of the crackdown by baton-wielding police officers who pummeled lawyers and then hauled them by the legs and arms into police wagons in Lahore.

At one point, lawyers and police officers clashed in a pitched battle, with lawyers standing on the roof of the High Court throwing stones at the police below, and the police hurling them back. Some of the lawyers were bleeding from the head, and some passed out in clouds of tear gas.

But as Mark Mazzetti at the NY Times points out, Bush isn’t defending democracy or those who “yearn for liberty” in Pakistan:

President Bush on Monday urged Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, to hold elections and give up his army post “as soon as possible,” but gave no indication that the general’s imposition of emergency rule would bring about any significant change in American policy.

If you’re a dictator that Bush likes, you can impose martial law and beat protesters. If he doesn’t like you, he invades.


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