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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

No Peace I Find

"As you build freedom in this country, you must know that the seeds of liberty you are planting in Georgian soil are flowering across the globe.... Georgia is today both sovereign and free, and a beacon of liberty for this region and the world."

--George W. Bush, addressing an audience today in Tblisi, Georgia.

"The Government's human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in some areas, serious problems remained. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) blamed two deaths in custody on physical abuse. NGOs reported that police brutality continued, and in certain areas increased. Law enforcement officers continued to torture, beat, and otherwise abuse detainees. Corruption in law enforcement agencies decreased, but remained a problem. Arbitrary arrest and detention remained problems, as did lack of accountability. The judiciary system continued to lack true independence, and the executive branch and prosecutors' offices continued to exert undue influence on judges. There were lengthy delays in trials, and prolonged pretrial detention remained a problem."

--The State Department's 2004 Georgia Country Report on Human Rights Practices.

What a putz.

UPDATE: I foolishly forgot Bush's money quote--"You increased your troop commitment in Iraq fivefold. The Iraqi people are grateful, and so are your American and coalition allies."