Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Good News in the Middle East

The Washington Post ran an interesting story today. David Ignatius writes:

The leader of this Lebanese intifada [for independence from Syria] is Walid Jumblatt, the patriarch of the Druze Muslim community and, until recently, a man who accommodated Syria's occupation. But something snapped for Jumblatt last year, when the Syrians overruled the Lebanese constitution and forced the reelection of their front man in Lebanon, President Emile Lahoud. The old slogans about Arab nationalism turned to ashes in Jumblatt's mouth, and he and Hariri openly began to defy Damascus...

"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq," explains Jumblatt. "I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world." Jumblatt says this spark of democratic revolt is spreading. "The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it." (hat tip Jim Geraghty)

Wow. This is very encouraging and we can only hope thoughts like it are, indeed, spreading rapidly throughout the region.

So what do all the America-hating Americans think of this? Is this the tipping point where bizarro world (mentioned below) begins to crumble? Afterall, how do you square 'Evil America' and its 'War-for-Oil' with outbreaks of hope, liberation, and prosperity in the Middle East as a direct result of our invasion? And Bush is a moron, right? This can't really be happening... Is it finally time for a new bumper sticker?

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