Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fight tyranny, Bush says

by William Douglas from McClatchy Newspapers

Bush said the United States was doing its part for human rights by imposing new sanctions against the military dictatorship in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, where tens of thousands of demonstrators are currently in the streets protesting. "Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma, where a military junta has imposed a 19-year reign of fear," Bush said. The president also had sharp words for Iran, North Korea, Belarus, Syria, Zimbabwe and Sudan for having "brutal regimes" that "deny their people the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration" of Human Rights." And he noted that the long "cruel" rule of an ailing Fidel Castro in Cuba "is nearing its end." "The Cuban people are ready for their freedom," Bush said. The president, however, omitted any reference to repressive regimes allied with his war on terrorism, including Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China.

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