Sunday, January 27, 2008

Good ridance, and good bye

While this may not seem very charitable of me, this news made me smile and say "It's about time." Suharto is yet another example of a despot's rule being supported and extended by the West. While his wresting of power from his predecessor, Sukarno was seen as an improvement, neither man could be seen as a humanitarian in the treatment of his own people.

I haven't looked too closely to see how many evil rulers we are currently supporting in the name of "democracy" (read: capitalism). How much longer will we continue to support the likes of Pervez Musharraf, a man who took power in a coup d'etat and then suspended the constitution when the Pakistani Supreme Court challenged his reelection?

While the opposition may not be pro-United States, do we support leaders who support us, regardless of their own actions within their borders? Or, do we support the ideals that we say are so dear to us?

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