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  •  but it's not totalitarian (0+ / 0-)

    see, that's my problem with this argument.  He has elections, they are fair (internationally monitors say so), He accepts the results.  He, unlike his predecessors doesn't use the army to cut off diseent or protests (the people killed at the one demonstration it has been shown were not killed by the government).  His principal opponenets own televsion stations and radio stations and they are allowed to operate (he harrasses them to be sure, but they are allowed to operate uncensored). And these are opponents who ran a coup against him...they walk free and talk to anyone who will listen about whatever greivances they have.

    Where does the totalitarian business come in? He's doesn;t require a totalitarian government at all and he not only brooks dissent, he allows government subsidized airwaves to broadcast dissent by the self same people who would have killed him outright during the coup attempt had they been given the OK (and had the power to actually pull it off).

    "you have the right to your own opinion. You do not have the right to your own facts" -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by SteveP on Tue Nov 11, 2008 at 02:42:03 PM PST

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