Tuesday, March 01, 2005


The Times They Are a Changin'

The blogosphere is buzzing with optimism about all the recent developments toward freedom in the Middle East. As it should be.

Cal Thomas declares, Twenty years after Ronald Reagan proclaimed freedom inevitable for what were then called "captive nations," freedom is on the march as perhaps never before. Read the rest of his article here.

There's more from Mark Steyn in his new column:

…for perhaps the most remarkable development, consider this report from Mohammed Ballas of Associated Press: "Palestinians expressed anger on Saturday at an overnight suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis and threatened a fragile truce, a departure from former times when they welcomed attacks on their Israeli foes."

I’m not going to get into all of the details of everything happening now, but Gregory Djerejian gives a nice summary of all the recent progress in this post.

It’s an encouraging sign to see left-wing bloggers like Matthew Yglesias giving credit where credit is due for these developments. (He’s referring in particular to Mubarak’s surprise announcement over the weekend to open up elections in Egypt.)

Yes, it's but a tentative step and things could still all work out poorly, but still, this is a pretty unambiguous success for Bush's second term freedom kick….Give the man some props.

I’ve got a whole lot of respect for someone like Yglesias for saying something like this. Despite the inevitable backlash that will follow from his liberal readers, he’s honestly assessing the situation. Andrew’s talking about this subject as well…

I think even the fiercest critics of president Bush's handling of the post-liberation phase in Iraq will still be thrilled at what appears to me to be glacial but important shifts in the right direction in the region.

Let’s hope he’s right. More honest punditry like Yglesias’ could enable us to move past the name-calling and have an actual dialogue about how to best prevent the spread of terrorism. Which would be, you know, kinda important and all. Now, someone just needs to inform Ann Coulter of this new spirit of bipartisanship.

UPDATE: I've found another reason to support the spread of liberty abroad.

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