Musharraf's thugs arrested and imprisoned hundreds of lawyers, human rights activists, and political opponents. They closed down all local and foreign news channels except the state-controlled Pakistan Television, and warned the media not to print or broadcast "anything which defames or brings into ridicule the head of state, or members of the armed forces, or executive, legislative, or judicial organ of the state." According to Amnesty International, even though some of the political prisoners have since been released, as many as 200 or more may still remain in detention, and more arrests have been taking place.
And what does George W. Bush think of all this? Well, in an ABC News interview with Charles Gibson on November 20, Bush said that Musharraf "hasn't crossed the line." He defended Musharraf as "a loyal ally in fighting terrorists" and claimed that Musharraf has "advanced democracy in Pakistan."
On second thought, Bush's comments seem to fit with his own idea of advancing democracy.
Bush keeps telling us that he's spreading freedom and democracy in Iraq. And how has he been doing that? By launching an unprovoked attack on that country in defiance of the U.N. Charter, bombing the hell out of it, killing tens of thousands of innocent civilian men, women, and children over the past four and a half years, and not bothering to rebuild the country's infrastructure or restore essential services like electricity, clean water, and security.
Now he wants to spread democracy to Iran, only this time with nukes. Free the Iranian people by nuking them. What a way to win hearts and minds.
And look at what he's been doing to advance democracy here at home.
He spies on us without court warrants.
He pressures Congress into passing laws abolishing habeas corpus rights.
He arbitrarily labels people as enemy combatants, tosses them into Gitmo, and denies them any kind of due process so they have no way to challenge their detention or prove their innocence.
And he refuses to compromise with the new Democratic-led Congress. It's always his way or the highway.
And so our brave troops continue to fight and die for Bush's agenda: Full control of the U.S. government and full control of Middle Eastern oil resources for Bush and his corporate bedpartners.