"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 23, 1800

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Real Human Rights President

I'll bet you didn't read about this in your newspaper. President Bush recognized International Human Rights Day by hosting a round table with bloggers and journalists from countries where they are being oppressed. Bush met with men and women from Cuba, Iran, Belarus, Burma and China to discuss how each person has been able to use technology to shed light on the abuses suffered in their home country.

Val Prieto on the Babalu Blog (great name, by the way) introduces the participants and tells what the opportunity means to him, and his father. Thanks to Jay Nordingler's Impromptus for the link.

Ironic, isn't it, that Jimmy Carter never tires of telling the world he's the Human Rights President, while happily meeting and kissing up to the very thugs who make these journalists' lives miserable. Let's hope President Bush gets a bit more credit from historians than he gets from his contemporaries.

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