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Bush's Shame

Date: August 4, 2002
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
QUOTE: ...when a kangaroo court in Egypt, apparently acting on orders from President Hosni Mubarak, sentenced an ill, 63-year-old Saad Eddin Ibrahim to seven years at "hard labor" for promoting democracy...the Bush-Cheney team sat on its hands.

ABSTRACT: Friedman castigates the Bush Administration for not living up to its rhetoric; if democracy is the best answer to intolerant fundamentalism in the Middle East, then he argues they should have pressured Egypt's President Mubarak to tolerate minor democratic dissent (Saad Eddin Ibrahim teaching about voter registration). --- D. Doernberg

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