Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Reading about the latest attempt by President Bush to shield himself from criticism behind the bodies of the servicemen and women whom he sent to Iraq under-equipped and under-supported, insisting that he wants a debate that "brings credit to our democracy, not comfort to our adversaries," I was reminded of this story from the Economist which mentions the positive effect that American domestic opposition to Bush's policies has had on Arab opinion of the U.S. The criticism is seen as both an indicator of the sort of healthy democracy that many Arabs desire, and a sign that Bush's imperial pretensions (as they are perceived in much of the Arab world) are not supported at home. Credit to our democracy, in other words.

So remember friends, whenever you call President Bush an incompetent, misguided, crusading torture-lover, you're helping to win the war on terror.

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