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March 2, 2005

From Beirut: Leave democracy to us but help bring on the peace

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

I found this article in the Daily Star(Beirut) to be both informative and refreshing, for what we just might be looking at in the Middle East is indeed, and Arab spring time of democracy (so I'm an optimist). From the perspective of a journalist in the region, we have:

... At this current high point, democrats across the region are looking to the United States to deliver on its promise of peace. We need no intervention on the front of democracy. Not only does simple logic tell us that democracy cannot be imposed, but we have proven that we are capable of creating it on our own. However, what we do need are the right conditions in which democracy can flourish, and this is something the U.S. can help us forge. America must play a crucial role in promoting democracy in the region by being a fair and just broker for peace.

After decades of drought, it seems it is raining democracy in the Middle East. There are clear signs of change around the region: Demonstrators in Lebanon toppled their government, opposition pressure forced Egypt to allow multi-candidate presidential elections, Iraqis defied threats from insurgents to go to the polls, and Palestinians turned out to vote even under the heavy hand of Israeli occupation. Throughout the region, people are in awe and inspired by the winds of change. Members of the Syrian opposition have said they hope for a democratic spillover from Lebanon. Even the top U.S. commander in the Middle East expressed optimism about recent events, calling them "monumental, if not revolutionary."

Despite our fears and misgivings, we the people of this region have shown a genuine commitment to the principles of democratic governance and we are taking great risks to claim our liberty and freedom.

Posted by Hyscience at March 2, 2005 4:31 PM

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