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Friday, June 03, 2005
  Promoting Freedom by Arming Sociopaths...Another George Bush Policy Innovation
A new study by the World Policy Institute further illustrates the utter hypocrisy of the GWB White House. Claiming to bring peace, democracy and freedom to the world, all they really do is export fancy news ways for dictators to kill and repress their citizens and neighbours.

Some highlights of U.S. WEAPONS AT WAR 2005:

-In 2003, the United States has transferred weaponry to 18 of 25 nations involved in an active conflict.

-In 2003, more than half of the top 25 recipients of U.S. arms transfers in the developing world (13 of 25) were defined as undemocratic by the U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report: in the sense that "citizens do not have the right to change their own government" or that right was seriously abridged.

-When countries designated by the State Department’s Human Rights Report to have poor human rights records or serious patterns of abuse are factored in, 20 of the top 25 U.S. arms clients in the developing world in 2003-- a full 80%-- were either undemocratic regimes or governments with records of major human rights abuses.

The study goes on to say these arms exports seriously undermine the credibility and integrity of the United States, making it difficult to hold other nations to high standards of human rights conduct. Moreover,
"These blows to the reputation of the United States are in turn impediments to winning the "war of ideas" in the Muslim world and beyond, a critical element in drying up financial and political support for terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda."
So basically, US foreign policy achieves the exact opposite result from their stated purpose. Awesome.

I'd like the the Bush Regime to come up with some kind of dictionary so I'll know what their use of words like 'freedom' and 'democracy' really means. They're sure not using any dictionary I've ever read.
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