Monday, June 20, 2005

Lebanon - Bush's Policies Vindicated

Once again Bush's policy of spreading democracy around the world is vindicated. What's even more astonising is that the New York Times notices. Speaking of the anti-Syrian party that won, The Times says:

It was a startling change in the way politics have usually been carried out here - along strict clan and religious lines and long under the control of Syria - and perhaps an example of a greater yearning for democracy in the Arab world.

And who do the Lebanese give credit to?

Walid Jumblatt, the Druze leader long a critic of the United States. Jumblatt's words are striking: "It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. 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. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."

Afghanistan, Iraq and now Lebanon are free thanks to the vision of George Bush. There remains a lot of work to do but there is no putting this genie back in the bottle. And as each country is liberated in turn, the left, anti-war types and the Democrats become more and more isolated, their opposition to democracy crushed.

Who's next? Syria, Egypt or Iran? The pressure is building.

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