Friday, March 18th, 2005 7:43 pm by Neal

A week ago, I stated on this blog that, “President Bush demanded in speech and gambled in action that the people of the Middle East desire Freedom. And those people have spoken. No matter how this ends, this fact cannot be disputed or ignored.” I felt it was vital to acknowledge that the central premise against the Bush doctrine has been discredited. Charles Krauthammer is also feeling Vindicated. Here’s how he puts it:

We do not yet know, however, whether this initial flourishing of democracy will succeed. The Syrian and Iraqi Baathists, their jihadist allies, and the various regional autocrats are quite determined to suppress it. But we do know one thing: Those who claimed, with great certainty, that Arabs are an exception to the human tendency to freedom, that they live in a stunted and distorted culture that makes them love their chains, and that the notion that the U.S. could help trigger a democratic revolution by militarily deposing their oppressors was a fantasy — have been proved wrong.


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