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Right Intention: It's Working.....

Monday, May 23, 2005

It's Working.....

From the Opinion Journal:

To venture into the Arab world, as I did recently over four weeks in Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq, is to travel into Bush Country. I was to encounter people from practically all Arab lands, to listen in on a great debate about the possibility of freedom and liberty. I met Lebanese giddy with the Cedar Revolution that liberated their country from the Syrian prison that had seemed an unalterable curse. They were under no illusions about the change that had come their way. They knew that this new history was the gift of an American president who had put the Syrian rulers on notice. The speed with which Syria quit Lebanon was astonishing, a race to the border to forestall an American strike that the regime could not discount. I met Syrians in the know who admitted that the fear of American power, and the example of American forces flushing Saddam Hussein out of his spider hole, now drive Syrian policy. They hang on George Bush's words in Damascus, I was told: the rulers wondering if Iraq was a crystal ball in which they could glimpse their future.

The weight of American power, historically on the side of the dominant order, now drives this new quest among the Arabs.

This is really driving leftists crazy. And I love every second of it. It's fun to watch the "not in my name" crowd, curled up in a fetal position, chanting "Bush had nothing to do with this, Bush had nothing to do with this" like they did when Reagan's plan worked against the Soviet Union.

Schadenfreude is a great, great feeling.


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