Saturday, 19 January 2008

President Bush in Saudi Arabia

President Bush, what is going on??? I thought that you did not like dictators!!!!!?

4 comments:

GleGer said...

Good post Red! I think that George W. Bush is against dictators when they dosen't conform with her policies. A great example is Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, he is elected democraticly, but George W. Bush are aginst her, just because her policies.

Andre said...

This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black; Chavez invited Ahmedinejad to Venezuela - Ahmedinejad being a fundamentalist right-winger...

The point is nations don't have friends... they have relationships - and like all relationships there might be unlikely bedfellows.

Red said...

Gleger: If one had to look at the history of one US administration after another, it becomes crystal-clear that such administrations have never supported democracy on the basis of philosophical reasoning; democracy has always been favoured by countless US administrations when it was the best tool to secure a pro-US government. Almost every time democracy led to a government that did not sit comfortably with the interests of a particular US administration, the latter wasted no time to do everything possible to get rid of it. Some examples? The CIA-supported revolt against the democratically-elected Arbenz in Guatemala in the 1950s, the US-assisted overthrow of the democratically-elected leader of Iran in the early 1950s in order to replace him with a merciless dictator, the millions of US dollars sent to Chile to support the overthrow of the democratically-elected Salvador Allende in 1973...I am not inventing these events. They truly happened and there is a huge amount of evidence to show the involvement of the US. Of course, nobody could ever expect the current US administration to support Chavez since he is one of the few to condemn the enormous harm caused by the neoliberal philosophy that people like George W Bush have embraced regardless of the economic misery associated with it!

Andre: I think that the point here is one of consistency. You are either going to say that you want to promote democracy and human rights all over the world or you are going to be highly selective when talking about such matters. I believe that it is quite clear that President Bush uses the pro-democracy rhetoric with Castro, but not with the Saudi monarchy because Saudi Arabia is a client state whereas Cuba is still struggling to resist the attempts of the US to inject it with the neoliberal philosophy that would wreck the country's social fabric.

Andre said...

Well I believe the message is consistent - the image however is not.