Saturday, July 31, 2004

Freedom and democracy Bush-style 

Arabic News is reporting that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zeibari is threatening to shut down the Baghdad office of al-Jazeera and several other Arab TV channels, claiming their coverage of the situation in Iraq is biased and deviant.

In an al-Jazeera interview, Zeibari said that " we will not be tolerant with this unilateral coverage of the situation in Iraq and we will not permit those who hide before the freedom of the media… This provocation is not only in al-Jazeera, rather in the Arab TV channels, al Manar and the world.. became channels of provocation against the interest, security and safety of the people of Iraq and the Iraqi government will not be easy with these behaviors."

Well, Zeibari is just following in the footsteps of the freedom-loving Bremer, who shut down Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Al Hawza, setting off a wave of mayhem that continues to this day. But Bremer was just following the lead of the freedom-loving George W. Bush who said, “There ought to be limits to freedom.”

And we all know what George has done to limit our freedoms, too. And more of those limits will be coming if he manages to hang on to the White House.

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