FROM THE WORLD’S MEDIA ON INAUGURATION DAY:
Al-Quds Al-Arab: The democracy Bush seeks is a bloody one that will claim the lives of martyrs.
[You're right! When Muslims see democracy coming, they tend to blow up]
Kenya’s Nation: Imposing democracy on the weak undermines democracy. It’s not the U.S.’s business to export freedom.
[Ah, but the dictators who oppress the weak are fair game then, right?]
China’s People Daily: Bush goes ahead with the unilateral road. Being morally conceited and militarily aggresive are major elements of American nationalism.
[It's much better than being morally bankrupt. This coming from communist baby killers with the largest human army in the world, and who threaten Taiwan on a daily basis]
CNN: “Here is the president saying there are a lot of monsters over there, and unless we slay those monsters, we can’t be free at home”.
[I don't remember Bush saying that. Must have been in the alternate reality DU'ers visit so often. However, if he's referring to killing Muslim terrorists, I agree.]
Jerusalem Post: ‘Hold on to your hats, this may be the most ambitious presidency ever.’
[Since we're Israel's only ally, that's probably a good thing]
Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po: Bush’s second term will focus on war with Iran, then East Asia, along with pressure on China.
[The word freedom to a communist is synonymous with war]
Malaysia’s Berita Harian: The U.S. will forcefully impose US-style democracy on foreign lands – The U.S. is also afraid of terrorists and more deaths in Iraq.
[No, just on foreign lands where dictators create mass graves, teach jihad to their children, and can't wait to give WMD to terrorists.]
Sydney’s The Australian: Bush and his administration do such small-minded things, and spew demeaning, disgusting innuendo that anyone who does not agree with them is un-American.
[If you believe that freedom and the spread of democracy are small-minded, then you are un-American....and stupid.]
South Korea’s Chungang Ilbo: Bush will escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
[It couldn't have anything to do with NK's nukes, right?]
Russia’s Vedomosti: Afghanistan is now freer than the U.S. (patriot act slam), and soon Iraq will be freer than the rest of the world.
[Finally someone admits that we've been successful in Afghanistan and Iraq. I thought it was a quagmire and thousands of Iraqis were being slaughtered by U.S. troops, though?]
Ireland’s Irish Independent: Bush’s speech had the power of real conviction, and stressed the importance of freedom.
[I guess we're not so small-minded after all]
Germany’s Die Tageszeitung: Bush is a madman and the U.S. is a state bristling with weapons. Bush sends a chill down the spine of anyone unwilling to listen to his madness.
[Coming from the country that produced Hitler.....please. Speaking of weapons and Hitler, where would Europe be if we hadn't been bristling with weapons when you needed us?]
Spain’s La Razon: For his enemies, there is a choice: liberty or oppression.
[I strongly recommend liberty. Bush is a madman you know.]
Italy’s La Repubblica: Bush treats the whole world as his parish.
[Yeah! That's Italy's job. The pope gets to do that!]
Keralanext, India: Angry protesters storm Bush inauguration. Thousands of protesters were seen thoughout the capital, pepper spray was used, and President Bush was “forced” to drive by hundreds of angry protesters, including many angry U.S. soldiers.
[It's a coup! The government was almost overthrown by high school dropouts, hippies, and DUmmies!]
Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza: If his plans are realized, then this will be a conservative revolution that will change America forever.
[He went from small-minded madman to starting a conservative revolution. But what about all those thousands and thousands of protestors that marked the day?]
Cyprus Kharavyi: Under the label of a sick, religious-political doctrine they march against countries longing for their natural resources. Bush also wants to make the entire world a slave to the U.S.
[Freedom and liberty really are sick aren't they. Spreading freedom will create slaves across the globe. That makes sense. Not.]
Turkey’s Milliyet: Iraq is a nightmare, so Bush is declaring new wars and attempting to widen his occupation. Turkey must not be trapped into attacking Iran.
[I thought Iraq was even more free than the U.S. now? Freedom leads to slavery, and occupation. Got it.]
The Toronto Star, U.S: Bush’s speech was unabashedly aggressive.
[A speech about freedom is definitely a sign that world war III is about to break out]
BBC: Bush’s words were “warning bells ringing in foreign capitals”.
[Since they used Syria's capital as an example in this article, I'd have to agree]
Times of London: Asks France and Germany, “what it is about the promotion of freedom that they regard as so alien and objectionable.”
[Finally, a voice of reason! Unfortunately, no good Brit in the UK read past the first sentence.]
Novosti – Russia: A dismal picture has been revealed for the world, the U.S. economy is in the tank, and Americans are very unhappy. Oh…and Bush is worse than Hitler.
[Good news, Dan Rather found a job in Russia]
The Independent-UK: [I couldn't figure out if the Independent was reporting the inauguration or a recap of all the negative news the author could find about Iraq for that day. They switched back and forth from suicide bomber to the inauguration so many times I got whiplash.]
El Diario-Mexico: [According to El Diario the inauguration consisted solely of disgusted protesters who ruined the inauguration and shamed the President. Reason 5,251,000 for securing our southern border.]