Thursday, August 04, 2005
Another Islamic pro-democracy coup?
Hat tip, Glenn Reynolds.
President Taya, dictator of Mauritania (NW Atlantic coast of Africa, about three times the size of New Mexico, with more deserts and less of the artsy Santa Fe crowds and ski resorts) left the country a few days ago to attend Saudi Arabian King Faud's funeral.
So the Mauritanian military (or at least, about 15% of that group) staged a coup in his absence.
The men who seized power have promised to move the country towards an open and transparent democracy, with free elections within two years. Eyewitness reports indicate the coup is bloodless, and widely supported by the general population.
Of course, there are the usual condemnations, primarily from corrupt dictators who don't want their own oppressed peoples getting any big ideas, and from those who support and enable those types of totalitarian tinhorns -- like Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the reports of an attempt underway to overthrow the Government of President Ould Taya in Mauritania by force.
The Secretary-General condemns any attempt to change the government of any country unconstitutionally and stresses that political disagreements should be settled peacefully, through the democratic process.
Of course, this conveniently ignores the fact that (a) Ould Taya seized power by military coup in 1984 and has ruled as a totalitarian dictator since that time; and (b) Taya has ruthlessly suppressed any internal political opposition, much as Mubarak has done in Egypt.
But hey, why would anyone want to change the serene and majestic Islamic Republic of Mauritania, anyway? How about slavery, oppression, and torture of dissidents?
GatewayPundit has video and more.