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Bush Defends Far Eastern Policy

In an exclusive interview given the Bangkok Post, President Bush insisted his critics were wrong and he had not merely been absorbed in the fight against terrorism, but his administration had been fighting for human rights throughout the world. “In terms of foreign policy in the Far East, it is mistake if someone were to say that my preoccupation was on the War on Terror. You bet I wanted to make sure that we protected ourselves at home…Secondly, our foreign policy has been robust in the Far East. Our relations with your country(Thailand), South Korea, with Japan and with China have never been better.” The president defended his action in working with North Korea to end its nuclear military program and with cooperating with China. He expressed the belief “India, China, and the US will provide great opportunities for entrepreneurs an businesses throughout the region.”

There is no doubt the Bush administration has taken a strong stand against the oppressive regime which controls Burma and it has finally ended its rhetoric about “evil” regimes and worked with North Korea.

Turkey A Secular State Warns Constitutional Court

The ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey breathed a sigh of relief after its nation’s Constitutional Court decided not to close down the AKP on grounds it has been fostering creation of a Muslim oriented government which threatens the rights of those who believe in secular values. The Constitutional Court warned that the AKP had become a gathering ground of those who wish to impose Sharia law which would violate the traditions of the Turkish nation. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan pledged to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and to be cognizant of his party’s need to ensure those who believe in secular values would have their rights protected. “The AKP, which has never been a focal point of anti-secular activities, will continue to defend the basic principles of the Republic.”

Erdogan and other AKP leaders promised to reach out to secular leaders in an attempt to ensure their views are respected an work to avoid having the nation become split on religious grounds. Erdogan is expected to establish a constitutional reconciliation commission to reach consensus and guarantee the secular values of Turkey continue.

The Constitutional Court of Turkey is to be commended for not closing down a major party and by urging the AKP to be more mindful of the rights of those who support secularism. There is hope Turkey will address human rights issues in preparation for submitting its request to enter the European Union.