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Submitted by Glenn Klotz (United States), Feb 11, 2003 at 09:47

Why is it when ever someone talks about liberating a country they always talk about "liberals" in such glowing terms? But the newly liberated almost always end up supporting the most conservative factions in the newly free country? Are liberals only good as ice breakers to be discarded after the bad guys are gone? Plus, it's kind of hypocritical for someone like GWB to be promoting the benefits of "Liberal democracy" for Iraq when at home he uses the term liberal as if it means in league with the devil himself. But then "Conservative democracy" just doesn't sound right does it? In fact it sounds like an Oxymoron.
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