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To: MarMema
You cannot deny the tyrannical behavior of the Russian leadership today. They willingly put themselves in the news as bullies.

Let's see, Georgia fragrantly violates the Geneva Convention, and they would lecture Russia?

And anyone who thinks they have a police force that is actually functional is beyond help, I believe.

I learned a long time not to stereotype all individuals into one group, because as a Christian I recognize the distinction between good and bad. Consistently calling good evil or evil good is a dangerous way for a Christian to think.

Russia consistently over the last few years rates in the top five for corruption by those watchdog groups

Who is those, and what are their qualifications for making that judgment? That said, on this 2005 corruption list Russia rates number 126 and Georgia 130. The 2005 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index That said, I fully realize this is a judgment call on these countries.
39 posted on 10/16/2006 8:11:31 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: GarySpFc
Georgia has had serious corruption issues, but they are working hard to change. If they were not, NATO would not be in intensive dialogue with them right now. President Bush hailed the successes in Georgia in overcoming corruption not too long ago.

Russia, otoh, seems to be sinking into a morass of moral decline.

45 posted on 10/16/2006 8:43:16 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: GarySpFc
One of the signature pieces of policy in my administration has been the Millennium Challenge Account. It's a foreign funding mechanism that recognizes countries that fight corruption, support rule of law, invest in the health and education of their people, and adopt open markets. And one of the most robust Millennium Challenge Account projects is with Georgia. It's a sign -- should be a sign to the people of Georgia, and people in the neighborhood, that the United States respects the decisions this government has made, and wants to work closely with the people of Georgia to help Georgia succeed, to help create the conditions for success.

I don't see these kinds of statements about Russia being made.

Watch the video.

52 posted on 10/16/2006 9:51:00 PM PDT by MarMema
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