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Thursday, March 03, 2005

We need a broader look at the results

Shane Valdez take a very narrow view of the world in Need to look at Bush's Doctrine for Democracy in his March 3, 2005, Other Voices.
There is no doubt that the sight of Iraqi citizens voting brought happiness to every American that values democracy. There is also no doubt that President Bush and his administration will seek to persuade the public that because Iraq has voted, their decision to go to war has been vindicated.
The rest to his article goes on to demostrate his hate for Bush and the Bush Doctrine. He has let his hate, cloud his vision. Thomas Barmett, a critic of Pentagon policy and author of the Pentagon's New Map, and Kerry Voter, has a much broader view worth considering:
None of this would happen, we would told by regional experts galore. The Big Bang was fantasy. There would be no ripple effect, just blowback and another Vietnam/Afghanistan. Bush and his neocons were reckless and unmindful of history. Imperial hubris, we were told.

Tell me those troops die in vain when you watch what's happened in the Middle East since the start of the year: elections in Palestine, elections in Iraq, elections in Saudi Arabia, the pullouts beginning by Israel, a cabinet half full of PhDs for Palestine, negotiations between a duly elected Iraqi government and Sunni insurgents, Syria promising to pull out of Lebanon, Syria handing over Saddam's half-brother, Mubarek calling for multiparty elections in Egypt this year, Lebanon's pro-Syria government shouted out of power.
It ia clear that the Bush doctrine went far beyond just Iraq. Even the liberal anti Bush New York times conceeds in an editorial:
Promoting democracy is America's proper vocation, and not just in fair weather.
The Bush doctrine is changing the Middle East. It is time for out local liberals slip free of their hate for President Bush and see the larger picture.

UPDATE: From Max Boot's LA Times column:
"It's strange for me to say it," says Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, who would never be mistaken for a Bush backer, "but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq."

"Now with the new Bush administration," confirms former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, "we feel a stronger determination in liberating Lebanon and in promoting democracy in the Middle East."
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