Through the looking glass

From David Cogswell:

Isn’t this so very strange? It’s somehow objectionable when it happens in other countries. The mind reels.

U.S. to Impose Sanctions on Belarusan Leaders
By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 24, 2006; 12:48 PM

The White House today denounced the suppression of political protests against election fraud in Belarus and said the United States plans to join European nations in imposing sanctions on Belarusan leaders.

In a morning news briefing, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States demands the immediate release of hundreds of protesters who have been arrested for demonstrating against the reportedly rigged March 19 elections, which President Alexander Lukashenko claims to have won with 83 percent of the vote.

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Gee, don’t you wish they were as diligent in reporting and prosecuting election fraud in the United States as they are in Belarus. Of course, over here they’re the ones doing it.

One may also wonder how we admonish, or warn Afghanistan for their poor form of democracy, in that they have arrested and may prosecute a citizen for being Christian. I am not against saving this man, someone needs to step in, but as in the Belarus case we are in one hell of a hypocritical stance.

The U.S. has abducted thousands of Muslims around the globe, shipping them off to several prisons in various identified and unidentified locations. Some have died in custudy for various reasons, some have been tortured…many have never been charged with a real crime. Several had been picked up for false crimes because of paid bounties, as they were an easy target. The U.S. military say they will be releasing many detainees…kind of late for the deceased, abused and the truly innocent.

Currently we are the cause of much repression in the world, we call the shots: “Do as I say, not as I do” is our motto. This bully attitude is applied to all sorts of situations , and frequently clashes with the realities and perceptions it addresses.

The price to pay down the road is through the poor example we have set and that it may encourage others to act like wise. Not to mention we have fouled all the good we had accomplished as a Nation, distanced far from any progressive forward motion. Lost time, lost opportunity and lost moral conviction…with one hell of a cost to replace it all. The eyes of the world have been on us, and we now carry a burden of the poor judgement and commitments of our leadership.

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