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Old 07-07-2005, 04:25 PM   #46
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Originally posted by melon

I've often questioned if this is about democracy or freedom or even capitalism; or if it is just about having full American access to their resources and markets. Hence why we can tolerate nations like Saudi Arabia and even China, while we get angry at nations like Iran and Cuba.

I'm not opposed to the idea of "spreading freedom," per se, but, for me, it is a question of consistency and credibility. I often think that the Bush Administration fails on both fronts, unfortunately.

Saudi Arabia has been a business partner and ally of the United States ever since Roosevelt started the United States partnership with Saudi Arabia back in the early 1940s. Much of the planet runs on energy that comes from Saudi Arabia. While the country is socially backwards and undemocratic, it has been an ally when it comes to defense issues and a strong business partner for over 60 years now.

While China is still essentially a communist dictatorship, the country has embraced capitalism and the government is rapidly turning state run industries into privately run industries. China is starting to embrace democracy at the local government level.

Cuba under Castro is a country that has not embraced capitalism and private ownership like China has and is a Communist Dictatorship that has sent troops to Africa and Central America to aid in Communist revolts and attacks in those area's in the past.

Iran has been a key supporter of terrorism against Israel through its support of the terrorist organizations Humas and Hezbollah. It has held positions and views that are hostile and unfriendly towards the United States for the past 25 years as well as being involved with terrorist that have killed American citizens.

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