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Mauricio Funes

Media feel government pressure

PRESIDENT Bush likes to remind the foreign policy establishment that his ideas are good for business. He believes, as he argued on behalf of China's inclusion in the World Trade Organization, that "free trade supports and sustains freedom in all its forms."

This simple sloganeering often sells many on the idea that commerce creates democracy. The intertwining of these concepts is an effective way to silence critics of policies that have little to do with democracy but a lot to do with economic power. Consider the legacy of Bush's predecessors - his father and President Ronald Reagan - in Central America. By supporting wars against communists during the 1980s, the United...