Excellent reading. Interesting perspective.
I agree ... I have no doubt that the Saudi Royals,
the Theocracy in Iran, the brat that runs Syria,
and the terrorists themselves are all afraid of Democracy
and the education and freedoms that it brings.
The radical left in the west isn't happy with Iraq
being free ... but the Iraqis sure are!
February 15, 2005
Now Iraq has tasted democracy,
the Arab tyrants are shaking in their shoes
Amir Taheri (Iranian correspondent)
AN ELECTION that was not supposed to happen because the so-called
resistance in Iraq — and its sympathisers in the West — did not want it
has produced results that the doomsters did not expect.
It would not be easy for Syria to orchestrate another fake election in
Lebanon in May. The Khomeinists in Iran would find it hard to present
another fixed election in June as a genuine reflection of the popular will.
The Egyptians would have a hard time producing another 99.99 per cent
majority for President Hosni Mubarak, or his son Gamal, in yet another
single-candidate election next year. The Saudis would not be able to
indefinitely postpone demands for at least half of the seats in the Majlis,
their parliament, to go to elected members. In Libya Colonel Gaddafi might
find it harder to appoint his son as prime minister with a mere acclamation
from his henchmen.
The Arab despots and their friends in the West make a meal of the cliché
that democracy cannot be imposed by force. But what happened in Iraq
was not imposing democracy by force. The US-led alliance used force to
remove impediments to democracy. The people of Iraq became the co-
liberators of their country, first by not opposing the US-led coalition and
then by risking their lives to set their nation on a new path in the face of
It is time to see what is happening in Iraq on its own merits, not in the
context of an irrational hatred of the United States and George W. Bush.
Like it or not, President Bush has got one thing right: give any nation a
chance to choose democracy and it will.
[edit on 2/16/2005 by FlyersFan]