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When will you liberal hawks finally get it through your thick skulls that Bush and the neocons are using "Democracy" for imperialist purposes?  They are using Democracy to put us in a permanent state of warfare that this country can't afford. How deep in debt will we be when this Democratic Jihad is over? How many programs will have to be cut.

They also uses the word Democracy in an Orwellian fashion and they overthrow real democracies only to replace them with Pinochet like oligharchies. They are like Napolean.  Napolean crowned himself Emperor in the name of spreading the values of the French Revolution.

Just yesterday they introduced a bill into the Senate calling to end all Dictatorships by 2025.  This bill called ADVANCE was co-sponsered by  familiar Democratic hawks, Tom Lantos and Joseph Lieberman.

President Bush's "axis of evil," in targeting only Iraq, Iran and North Korea, was apparently an understatement. Saddam Hussein, the ayatollahs and "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il were just the tip of the iceberg. The backers of new legislation before Congress have a much bolder vision: to "achieve universal democracy" by 2025 by removing -- nonviolently -- approximately two dictatorships a year. President Bush's call, in his February State of the Union address, for support of "democratic movements in the Middle East and beyond, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," must have been just what they wanted to hear.

If enacted, the new bill -- the ADVANCE (which stands for Advance Democratic Values, Address Nondemocratic Countries, and Enhance) Democracy Act of 2005, introduced into both houses on March 3 -- would bring about a fundamental change in U.S. foreign policy. To maintain a regional balance of power, ensure access to vital resources, and pursue larger national security goals such as the "war on terror," the United States has traditionally worked with dictators big and small, from the tyrants of the past (such as Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua) to current autocratic allies (such as Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan and Crown Prince Abdullah in Saudi Arabia). The ADVANCE Democracy Act, the foreign policy version of "Just Say No," on the other hand, would attempt to steer the United States away from engaging with tyrants under any circumstances.

To give you idea of how craven and hypocritical the sponsers of this bill are, just look at this quote from ,Tom Lantos when he was speaking to a Labor Party member in the Knesset that was visiting the US as a part of a peace delegation.

"My dear Colette, don't worry," said Tom Lantos, the California congressman, as he tried to calm MK Colette Avital of the Labor Party, who was visiting Capitol Hill last week as part of a delegation of the Peace Coalition. "You won't have any problem with Saddam," the Jewish congressman continued. "We'll be rid of the bastard soon enough. And in his place we'll install a pro-Western dictator, who will be good for us and for you."

Lantos explained to his guest from Israel that there's no lack of Iraqi opposition figures in exile, but until they learn how to run a state, "we'll be there." According to Lantos that interim period, with an American-sponsored dictator in power, should last between five to six years.

Avital says she asked how one can talk about a dictator in Iraq and at the same time demand "democratic reforms" in the territories as a precondition for renewing the peace process. Lantos said that democratization in the territories is just a general "road map." He reminded her that "the U.S. didn't turn into a democracy overnight." In any case, he promised her that after America gets rid of all the regimes of evil, it will go straight to Syria, "and tell young Assad that's what will happen to him if he doesn't stop supporting terrorism."

To give you some examples of how hostile the Neocons and their Democratic Party allies are when it comes to Democracy, just look at the overthrow of the democratically elected leader of Haiti, Jean Bertrand Aristide.  A dictator now rules Haiti! There was also the attempted overthrow of  twice elected Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.  They have been threatening Hugo with isolation and overthrow for the past week!After the 2002 coup an unnamed Bush official said, "He was democratically elected. He won a majority of votes. Legitimacy is something that is conferred not just by a majority of votes, however."

Seriously does anyone trust that Bush has the same definition of Democracy as the rest of us?  Let's not forget how he won the election in 2000.  His brother purged god knows how many Blacks from the voting rolls on completely false pretenses!.  

The "Ceder Revolution" appears to be a sham as well.  Anyone notice that the prosyrian demonstrations are actually larger than the antisyrian ones?  Why shouldn't they be? Afterall Syria went in to stop a brutal civil war.  It was invited in by the US, the Arab League, and Israel.   It is likely that civil war will return when Syria leaves.

Needless to say we all should be very sceptical of Bush's claims about spreading Democracy around the world.  Please read 1984 again!

I put alot of work into this! I think it is important and should be recommended!

Originally posted to NoAlternative on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:01 AM PST.

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  •  My biggest problem with the bill (none)
    Who defines what a "dictator" is?

    In politics, sometimes the jackasses are on your side.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:08:07 AM PST

    •  How big is the National Debt right now (4.00)
      because of the Iraq war?  

      Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

      by NoAlternative on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:11:29 AM PST

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    •  What about... (none)
      ...who defines what "non-violent" is?

      Two-step, lockstep, goosestep: Herr Busch's three-step plan to a righter tomorrow.

      by The Termite on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:15:42 AM PST

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      •  Yep - I thought that was a hoot (none)
        "removing dictators nonviolently."


        Generally that's only possible when it involves a mass movement of people seeking self-determination. Foreign governments generally aren't good at "removing" ANYTHING "nonviolently".

        Recommended this diary cuz this is some scary shit.

        "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by grannyhelen on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:23:56 AM PST

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  •  ...unless the dictator (none)
    supports American corporate interest... see Saudi Arabia...
    •  OTOH (none)
      ...or the democratically-elected leader doesn't support U.S. interests.

      I think the bottom line is that it's cheaper to manage or rig elections than to occupy. See also: the United States of America.

  •  Tis a (none)
    scary world in which we live with people like shrub running around.

    What goes around comes around.

    by kharma on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:13:35 AM PST

  •  I voted to remove our dictator. (none)
    But thanks to Ohio...he's still in power.
    •  Ah, but he took over (none)
      "nonviolently". Maybe that's what they mean in this bill...

      "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by grannyhelen on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:25:54 AM PST

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  •  Fact of life: (none)
    Democracies are difficult to dictate to. How do you make a Democratically elected government fall into line behind US corporate interests without regard to what is good for their own people? Impossible.

    If democracies do immerge in the Middle East, it will be in spite of us and NOT because of us because we will do our utmost to ensure that power always remains in the hands of a "friendly" dictator.

    •  I have also considered that the ARabs are calling (none)
      Bush's bluff, for instance there are several ways in which this is actually unfornate for Israel, and all the proSyria people have to do in Lebanon is have a referendum on the occupation of Lebanon, but then the Palestinians and the Iraqies will damand one too.   However, we should still be unhappy about this napoleonic bill!  

      Also I admit to trepidation about Democracy in the middle east myself because middle eastern democracies, since the time of Mossedeg when there was a left in the Arab world, have mostly always screwed over women.  They aren't liberal democracies.  I am glad this will put pressure on Israel and the US to end democracy but I cry for Arab women!

      Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

      by NoAlternative on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:31:00 AM PST

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  •  Sheesh. (none)
    Setting aside the fact that they seem to define dictator as "leader we don't like" regardless of how the person may actually have gained power, didn't conservatives used to argue that goals like ending poverty in one country were naive? Heck, I'll even acknowledge they had something of a point there.

    But now the neocons are going to eliminate dictatorships in 20 years? Yeah, that's achievable.

    •  You forgot the WIIFM factor... (none)
      What's In It For Me? I mean, helping poor people? What did poor people ever do for a neocon lately?

      But changing the governments of most of the world's countries...NOW you're onto something.

      "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence." Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by grannyhelen on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:28:18 AM PST

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  •  Eliminate dictators? Neocon mass suicide (none)
    Pretty simple.
  •  Meaning of "democracy" (none)
    Now that this administration has totally perverted the meaning of the word "Christianity" (to mean pro-war pro-hate pro-wealth) they are working on totally destroying the meaning of the word "democracy".

    Democracy means government of, by and for the people. We currently have a government ourselves that does not meet that definition. It is owned by corporate special interests and run exclusively for their benefit. Human beings benefit from this system only to the extent that it serves the needs of corporations.

    So what exactly are these neocons trying to export? And where exactly is the mandate from that most irrelevant American factor - THE PEOPLE - to do this work? A recent poll found that overwhelmingly the American PEOPLE do not prioritize nation building and democracy spreading as the primary function of their government. They do not want to spend their money and blood on this farce. They want a better quality of life here at home and a military that is used to protect and defend...not to act as murdering missionaries.

    This is insane.

  •  Exactly who is to be held.... (none)
    ...accountable for this bill should it become a law?  What if we get to 2030 and there are a few dictators left out there?  Which of the harebrained Congresspoodles behind this lump of quasi-legislation are going to offer themselves up to serve jail time?  Or will the Bush Administration offer them all up a prospective pardon for being such loyal lapdogs?

    This is like foreign policy by clown committee.  Fucking insane.

    Two-step, lockstep, goosestep: Herr Busch's three-step plan to a righter tomorrow.

    by The Termite on Tue Mar 15, 2005 at 10:54:13 AM PST

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