Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Milestone Moments in History

Something very interesting is happening in the world. Lebanon has always been a puppet state to the harsh regime of Syria. Recently, the Lebanese Prime Minister began to defy his handlers. After the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, the Lebanese people suspected Syria and have begun openly challenging the Syrian goverment's control of their nation. This is incredibly brave and certainly unexpected.

One of the people leading the revolt is a man by the name of Walid Jumblatt, a Muslim leader in Lebanon who until recently had supported the Syrian control. However, he is quoted as such in the above article:
"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."
Some people are taking this statement seriously. The moonbat brigade, those on the left who have constantly denied that any good can come out of Iraq, might be quite a bit stunned by this admission.

Myself, I find the historical comparison interesting and poignant. I don't remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, though I'm old enough to have been around for it. But I know that it's effects have been monumental. It was the clearest sign of the end of the Cold War. Business as usual was over. The people of the Eastern Bloc would, for the first time in many years, have control over their destinies and their governments.

Look at the Middle East. For a long time, the only democratic nation over there was the universally reviled Israel. While America, and the new Iraqi regime, is not much more popular, a Middle Eastern country has been given a chance to choose its own destiny. For the first time in a long, long time, the people of Iraq are in charge of their government and not the other way around. And from what it sounds like, the people of the Middle East are taking note of this and deciding that maybe, just maybe, they want that for themselves too. That maybe the hatred of America and Jews and such was something foisted on them to distract them from the harsh dictatorships they live in.

Mr. Jumblatt says change is in the air. I'm inclined to agree with him.

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