Sure we know about the burgeoning democracy Iraq is about to become, we also know that freedom is on the march in Pakistan.  But did you know that George called it in Georgia too?  No not that Georgia that prays to God for Rain…

 The Georgia that President Bush has called a “beacon of democracy” in the region.

Apparently thier President gets the US version of Democracy too…

Addressing the country on television Wednesday, the American-educated Saakashvili said: “We cannot let our country become the stage for dirty geopolitical escapades by other countries,” an allusion to Russia. “Our democracy needs the firm hand of the authorities.”

And honestly what Democracy doesn’t need a firm hand? Not some pussy like invisible hand!

This hand is so firm in fact

Opponents say Saakashvili’s government has become increasingly authoritarian in ways that echo Soviet days, allowing judicial abuse and political intimidation

AWESOME! I wonder if Bush looked into this guys eyes and saw his soul too?

oh and this little nugget is sweet too…

About 9 p.m., Imedi, a television station known for its opposition to the government, went off the air in the middle of a live broadcast. Before the screen went black, the anchor said police had entered the premises and had told employees to lie on the floor.

He called on foreign governments to respond. Imedi has been owned jointly by billionaire opposition supporter Badri Patarkatsishvili and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Last week, the station announced that News Corp. was increasing its shares to a majority stake.