US President George W. Bush made a surprise first visit to Afghanistan today, on his way to India for talks on a major nuclear energy deal. CNN Breaking News carried live just now the Press Conference between Bush and Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai.
In his remarks the US President praised the progress of Afghanistan in building a free and democratic state, saying, "We love to hear stories about young Afghan girls going to school for the first time so they can achieve their full potential."
Bush said "America and the world are watching your Democracy," and repeated America's support for continued progress towards a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. He also sounded a familiar theme -- that as freedom increases in the country, so do the chances for peace.
Bush also praised the presence of a FREE PRESS in Afghanistan. One question from Radio/TV Afghanistan asked him several tough questions about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which has turned up empty-handed after five years on the hunt. Also questions about the Irananian nuclear program, which Bush said the US, Europe and Russia were working on diplomatically, with the Russians offering to enrich uranium for the Iranians.
Meanwhile, in the Philippine Archipelago, a daily newspaper has been shutdown and the entire Media placed under surveillance and "monitoring" for rebellious and seditious statements; the Police have surrounded the Congress building trying to arrest five congressmen deemed to "destabilizers," and State of Emergency Proclamation 1017 has renewed the impression that the Philippines has moved back in time to the fascist dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
Soon even Afghanistan may be freer than the Philippines, which is truly suffering from vain, conceited and ignoble leader bent only on personal survival, and heedless of the Republic's prostate condition under irresponsible leadership. I have no doubt that Freedom House International will be downgrading the Philippines to the ranks of the UNFREE, if Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continues to rule. Somalia, Uganda, North Korea, Sudan, here we come the Philippines to the cellar with you.