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Consistency Recon: What about the Middle East?

A New York Times editorial on President Bush's China visit caught me by surprise this morning.

Despite the lack of results, we applaud Mr. Bush for raising these sensitive but crucially important issues. Democracy and human rights are universal, not merely American, values.

Why is this thinking not applied to the Middle East and Iraq, where the Times and others have consistently suggested in the past that the region is simply 'not ready' for democracy or that stability (through existing/past dictatorships) is more important?

1 Comment

Excellent point! Could it be there is no Dali Lama figure in the Middle East for the NYT to opine about?

It is a double standard and good for you for pointing it out.

Kind regards,

Bill Rice