Democracy, By God

The Bush administration recently appointed Paul Bonicelli to be deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he will oversee programs that promote democracy and good governance internationally. Bonicelli's last job was dean of academic affairs at Patrick Henry College, a Christian fundamentalist institution that requires students to sign a 10-part "statement of faith" declaring, among other things, that non-Christians will be condemned to hell, "confined in conscious torment for eternity." "What's wrong with this picture is that the USAID programs Bonicelli will run are important weapons in the arsenal of Bush's new public diplomacy czarina, White House confidante Karen Hughes," writes William Fisher, who has worked for USAID and the U.S. State Department. "These programs are intended to play a central role in boosting Bush's efforts to foster democracy and freedom in Iraq and throughout the broader Middle East."


A Kingdom where the rulers claim their throne in the name of God, refusing any other kind of accountability, be it from within the country or from overseas. Where contesting the actions of the rulers leads to harrasment and public inquisition, where abductions and torture become legal for the higher purposes of a holy crusade.

A Kingdom where fundamentalism dictates the law, where only extremist lobbies receive public fundings, where judges cannot be elected without the approval of the most radical mullahs, where science and education should now comply with the Holy Book.

And this Kingdom dares speak in the name of compassion, freedom and democracy.

Welcome to the dark ages of BC04 Amerika.

Stephane MOT -