30 December 2007

George Bush on Benazir Bhutto

As an update to my post on Benazir Bhutto (beːnɜziːr bʰʊʈʈoː), I am posting a video of George Bush's statements regarding her death:

I find it interesting how he continues to call Pakistan's government a democracy. Maybe I'm getting my definitions mixed up. When I consider Pakistan (اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاکستا)
, my first thought isn't, "This is what democracy looks like." My concern is that Bush views Musharaff democracy to be completely acceptable.

If I understand correctly, there is a bit of a difference between a democracy and a democratic republic. I have listed former and current democratic republics below in an attempt to illustrate the differences I am speaking of:

Former Democratic Republics
(per Wikipedia):

Current Democratic Republics:
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of East Timor
The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
The Lao People's Democratic Republic
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara)

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