History Passing Them By

Tuesday, March 01, 2005
The Iraqi elections were widely dismissed by leftists as a Bush-orchestrated sham. But many prominent Arab intellectuals have contradicted the glib assessment of the nay-saying Left.

Walid Jumblatt -- the Lebanese opposition leader who spear-headed the campaign to unseat the Syrian-backed government in Lebanon -- has compared the voting in Iraq to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. According to him, the Iraqi elections have triggered a democratic upheavel in the Middle East not unlike the chain of uprisings seen in Eastern Europe after the fall of that ghastly barrier in Berlin.

"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. 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. . . . The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."

History will look back on President Bush and remember him for two great achievements: one, freeing millions of people from the grip of a brutal megalomaniac; and two, bringing democracy and freedom to the Arab World.

What will the Democrats be remembered for? Jeering on the sidelines.