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Beirut's Berlin Wall is Falling

Beirut’s Berlin Wall is Falling: “The leader of this Lebanese intifada is Walid Jumblatt, the patriarch of the Druze Muslim community and, until recently, a man who accommodated Syria’s occupation. But something snapped for Jumblatt last year, when the Syrians overruled the Lebanese constitution and forced the reelection of their front man in Lebanon, President Emile Lahoud. The old slogans about Arab nationalism turned to ashes in Jumblatt’s mouth, and he and Hariri openly began to defy Damascus.’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.'”Bush was right. People want to vote. They want freedom.Let’s face it. War and reconstruction are messy things. War itself is a necessary evil in a fallen world and is horrid. However, there are worse things, including a brutal, life-destroying dictatorship.When will liberals begin to see that Bush has potentially changed the Middle East forever? What will they do when the Iranian mullahs fall to a popular Revolution and people on the streets of Tehran openly credit Bush? It will happen. It is just a matter of time.

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