Wednesday, February 23, 2005



Lebanon is next!

David Ignatius in the Washington Post notes that Lebanese (and Egyptians and Iranians and perhaps even Iranians and Saudis) have seen the Middle East's Berlin Wall falling, and they won't miss their chance. (Tip from Powerline.)

Ignatius quotes Walid Jumblatt, patriarch of Lebanon's Druze Muslim community:
"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."

It continues to astound the experts, journalists and opinion-shapers can't keep up with the amazing changes all over the world. Could it be this reckless cowboy of a President has a handle on how to vanquish this new century's greatest challenge?

When a bunch of Gdansk laborers in Poland stood up to their communist government in "Solidarity" against oppression, no one guessed that the cracks created that day would topple the Soviet empire. But they did, and Eastern Europe went free.

And as some anguish over the cost in human lives and government expenditure of this so-called "misadventure" in Iraq, why is it that so many cannot see the cracks expanding through the Middle East? Surely the wall is coming down: the Lebanese people say, "Enough!"

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