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March 12, 2005

What Is It That Bush Got Right After All?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

This opinion peace in Arab News has some interesting points about our MSM friends on the left. In the body of the commentary the things that George Bush got right, at least in the mind of the Middle East journalist, are clearly pointed out. But for me, it was his summary that got my attention when I read, "The Independent, The Guardian, and The New York Times may acknowledge, ever so reluctantly, that the end of Saddam Hussein may not have been such a bad idea after all. But they are yet to come out with editorials in support of democratic change in the Middle East. One reason for their reticence may be their refusal to admit that Bush may have been right. What matters, however, is that they should recognize that the people of the Middle East are right in seeking peaceful reform."

"Was Bush right after all?" This was the headline of the British newspaper The Independent last Tuesday. The fact that The Independent devoted its entire front page to the issue is significant because, two years ago, this left-of-center tabloid was the most vociferous opponent of the war to liberate Iraq. But The Independent is only joining a queue of other opponents of Iraq's liberation to wonder whether or not the toppling of Saddam Hussein may have given democratic forces in the Middle East a historic chance.

A few days earlier The Guardian, another British left-of-center daily that had campaigned against the liberation of Iraq, offered this musing: "The war was a reckless, provocative, dangerous, lawless piece of unilateral arrogance. But it has nevertheless brought forth a desirable outcome which would not have been achieved at all, or so quickly, by the means that the critics advocated, right though they were in most respects."

The two British dailies were following a trend set by anti-war newspapers across the Atlantic. "Bush may have got it right!" screamed a headline in the Christian Science Monitor. Newsweek, which had also opposed the war, offered "What Bush Got Right" on its cover. Writing in The New York Times, an anti-Bush paper of long standing, David Brooks went further to praise Paul Wolfowitz, the Pentagon's No. 2, as the man who helped put the shake into the Middle East.

If you're tired of just hearing the MSM criticisms about our president, read the rest and gain a good perspective of what we've done right in the Middle East.

Posted by Hyscience at March 12, 2005 5:25 PM

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