Mr. Maliki’s security agents jumped on the man, wrestled him to the floor and hustled him out of the room. They kicked him and beat him until “he was crying like a woman,” said Mohammed Taher, a reporter for Afaq, a television station owned by the Dawa Party, which is led by Mr. Maliki.
This next gem gives a little insight into how Mr. Bush believes a healthy democracy functions:
He [Bush] also called the incident a sign of democracy, saying, “That’s what people do in a free society, draw attention to themselves,” as the man’s screaming could be heard outside.[emphasis added]
That must have been the most uncomfortable press conference of all time.
"Mr. President, do you have any plans for Jan. 21st?"
"Heh heh, clear some brush, heh heh."
[From outside]: "OH FOR THE LOVE OF ALLAH! PLEASE STOP BEATING ME! DIDN'T YOU THINK THAT WAS FUNNY?!"
"Heh heh...that's the sound of freedom."
[Press corp laughs]