W. causes the death of goats in Indonesia!
Vietnam is probably one of the few countries in the world where he can be assured he won't be seeing any mass protests over his visit. The Vienamese regime has made sure to round up all dissidents and put them away for as long as W. is in Hanoi. Thuong Nguyen "Cuc" Foshee may be going home after a year in jail, but those fighting for democracy who can't leave are going to be spending a little time in the locked-up, so as to not to embarrass the president.
Human Rights Watch points out that:
"While the US says that only two "political prisoners of concern" remain in Vietnam, in fact hundreds of Vietnamese are serving long prison sentences for advocating democratic reforms, practicing their religion, or using the Internet to disseminate proposals for human rights and religious freedom."
Speaking of religious freedom, by the way, the AP reports that W. and "his wife, Laura, were to attend services Sunday at Cua Bac Church, a concrete basilica built by the French more than a century ago. They were to join about 500 worshippers, split between Catholics and Protestants." [Way to go there W., go visit the church of the hated occupier.]
The US State Department reports the follwing probelms with the regime W. is
The following human rights problems were reported:
inability of citizens to change their government
police abuse of suspects during arrest, detention, and interrogation
harsh prison conditions
arbitrary detention or restriction of the movement of persons for peaceful expression of political and religious views
denial of the right to fair and expeditious trials
imprisonment of persons for political and religious activities
limited privacy rights
restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association
restrictions on religious freedom
restrictions on freedom of movement
prohibition of the establishment and operation of human rights organizations
violence and discrimination against women
trafficking in women and children
societal discrimination against some ethnic minorities
limitations on worker rights
The last ought to please W.'s business buddies as he helps Vietnam into the WTO. I smell money!
W. may be basking in the warm glow of Vietnamese hospitality but just wait until he hits Indonesia on Monday. The indonesians are already working up a warm walcome of their own for W & Co. They're probably heartened by the assurance of Tony Snowjob that despite the Democratic takeover of Congress W. is going to 'stay the course' on his war on terror. Snow says, "He, of course, reassured them [APEC leaders] that, in terms of the foreign policy of the country, he was firm in his views and would be continuing that foreign policy along current lines." Is that reassuring? Is that really what anyone wants to hear?
Anyway, protesters are ramping up for his visit and the Indonesian government warns of an al-Qaeda attack. Topix.net reports:
"Indonesian police warned Saturday that the threat of an attack by al-Qaida-linked militants has increased sharply ahead of U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the world's most populous Muslim country."
And Topixnet.net also reports:
"A renowned black magic practitioner performed a voodoo ritual Thursday to jinx President George W. Bush and his entourage while he was on a brief visit to Indonesia. Ki Gendeng Pamungkas slit the throat of a goat, a small snake and stabbed a black crow in the chest, stirred their blood with spice and broccoli before drank the 'potion' and smeared some on his face. 'I don't hate Americans, but I don't like Bush,' said Pamungkas, who believed the ritual would succeed as, 'the devil is with me today.'"
Have good time W.!