Thursday, November 06, 2003

Text: Bush on Democracy in the Middle East (

Text: Bush on Democracy in the Middle East ( "Successful societies limit the power of the state and the power of the military so that governments respond to the will of the people and not the will of the elite.

Successful societies protect freedom, with a consistent impartial rule of law, instead of selectively applying the law to punish political opponents.

Successful societies allow room for healthy civic institutions, for political parties and labor unions and independent newspapers and broadcast media.

Successful societies guarantee religious liberty; the right to serve and honor God without fear of persecution.

Successful societies privatize their economies and secure the rights of property. They prohibit and punish official corruption and invest in the health and education of their people. They recognize the rights of women."

Don't forget, successful societies invade societies they deem unsuccessful for whatever reason happens to wander by.

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