Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Desperately Seeking Moral High Ground....

Remember when our admonishments to other countries about human rights didn't elicit a global guffaw?
The White House expressed deep concern on Monday over how Russian authorities broke up opposition protests over the weekend, calling it heavy-handed and part of an "emerging pattern of use of excessive force."

"We are deeply disturbed by the heavy-handed manner in which this weekend's demonstrations ... were broken up by the authorities and by an emerging pattern of use of excessive force by the authorities in reaction to similar events," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

"We also find it intolerable that journalists were detained, an unacceptable practice that hinders freedom of the press," she said. "We underscore that allowing peaceful expression of protest is an essential component of democracy and of universally recognized human rights."
"Heavy-handed." "Use of excessive force." Uh-huh....

And speaking of detained journalists, anyone know what's become of Bilal Hussein, the Pulitzer-winning AP photographer jailed without charges by the U.S. for over a year now?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You left out:

"We'd prefer that protestors be corralled into pens, removed (but not arrested) if their opinions run counter to the event they are attending. If they decide to come out publicly, they can only be smeared by the right wing media and branded traitors by the main stream media while we label them left wing."

Such is the USA in the new world order.

4/17/2007 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Gus said...

But the Bilal Hussein thing was different, you see, because we don't torture or something.

4/17/2007 4:06 PM  
Anonymous carman said...

Face it. America is plain and simple disgusting under Bush leadership. I wish you all the best in restoring your country to some sort of dignity, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. I miss the country I grew up next door to very much.

4/18/2007 12:26 AM  

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