“By now, it should be clear that decades of excusing and accommodating tyranny for the sake of stability, have only led to injustice and instability and tragedy,” President George Bush said in an 8 March 2005 speech at the National Defence University in Washington.
“For too many years – 60 to be precise – American presidents were on both sides of the aisle. By the way, democrats and republicans, were prepared to have a policy of exceptionalism in the Middle East concerning democracy.”
These, you might be surprised to learn, are not the words of some paranoia driven Arab conspiracy theorist, but those of Condoleezza Rice during her January 18 and 19 appearances before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“We were prepared to say,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice confessed in a rare moment of candidness, “well authoritarian regimes are there either because the Middle East, they don’t really want freedom, or we want stability or any number of reasons that we have. We have not to push the democracy agenda in the Middle East.”
So the offender has finally admitted responsibility for what he had long accused his victim of.
First Published in AlJazeera, 26 July 2005