Colin Powell has picked up Bush's "preach democracy" gambit, confirming the US drive to spread the word throughout the world. No one who's affected by it is buying their blather, of course, and even the BBC is dubious, noting that Bush has spared his allies, many of whom are dictators. Its report of Powell's concurring speech concludes with this sage, if somewhat cynical, observation:
"Both Mr Powell and President Bush are arguing that the fight for democracy is a historic mission, similar to the battle with communism during the Cold War. Their critics will be watching to see if Washington is really willing to condemn and perhaps even to destabilise its allies in the name of freedom."