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Thursday, September 16
by pissed off patricia
Okay, this quote is a sick kind of funny to me.
"US President George W Bush has said he worries that Russian President Vladimir Putin's overhaul of his country's electoral system "could undermine democracy."
"As governments fight the enemies of democracy, they must uphold the principles of democracy," Bush said during remarks at a White House celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month yesterday."
What's bush concerned about? Isn't Putin doing it the right way? Maybe bush feels that the way he did it was better. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Seems to me that our electoral system has undergone a few changes starting with the 2000 election and now with the paper trail-less voting machines. Come on Vladimir, catch up baby! We got a four year head start on you guys.
Putin says he needs to make these changes in his government in order to better fight the war on terrorism. Sound familiar?
Then from the Scotsman.com we have this:
"Kofi Annan has said the war was “not in conformity” with the UN Security Council or with the UN Charter, and warned there could not be credible elections in Iraq next January if the current unrest continued.
Asked if there was legal authority for the war on Iraq, Mr. Annan told the BBC World Service: “I have stated clearly that it was not in conformity with the Security Council, with the UN Charter.”
The Secretary General added there should have been a second UN resolution before the war on Iraq.
He said the Security Council had warned Iraq there would be “consequences” if it did not comply with its demands.
However, he said it should have been up to the Council to determine what those consequences were.
Asked if the war on Iraq was illegal, he replied: “Yes, if you wish.”
He then went on: “I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN Charter. From our point of view and from the Charter point of view, it was illegal.”
What's illegalities got to do with it? The bush administration has never let illegalities stop them in the past and I doubt they plan to change in the future. Their attitude seems to be that they will do what they damn well please and to hell with the rules. So let's start a pool guessing how long we'll remain a member of the UN. Isn't that our mode of operation these days? If we don't like the rules we take our football and go home with no regard for anyone else.
Nope, I don't think bush is in a position to criticize Putin. When most of the world is criticizing us, it seems to me we should be looking in our mirror, not peeping into someone else's window.
Posted by Pissed_Off_Patricia at 9:18 AM