Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Good to Know

George Bush in Turkey:

"Some people in Muslim cultures identify democracy with the worst of Western popular culture and want no part of it. And I assure them, when I speak about the blessings of liberty, coarse videos and crass commercialism are not what I have in mind," Bush said. "There is nothing incompatible between democratic values and high standards of decency."

I'm very relieved by this. For a while there I thought that democracy in Iraq had a lot to do with crass commercialism in the energy field.
And I'm not that convinced about the "coarse videos" either, given that we've recently heard about quite a few the administration refuses to release.

More generally, curmudgeony goddesses like me (love that!) are very suspicious of the word "decency". Far too often it refers to something that women must not do or to something that is done to women whether they wish it or not. But so does the term "indecency".