posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 05:52 AM
I personally don't believe that George Bush can take credit for any spread of democracy. Really in Israel and Palestine, it had nothing to do with
him, rather a timely death of Yasser Arafat and a swing in the power structure of the Palestinians. Now groups like Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad
actaully have a say in the process rather than Arafats stringent control. Now unless Bush killed Arafat, I don't think he had anything to do with
this sudden change in the balance there.
Another place to look at then is Lebanon, and seeing that Hezbollah has strong connections with the Syrians, and they hold many seats in the Syrian
parliament, and they are trying to become a legitimate political party, that is the reason they are pulling out, not because of Bush, or any pressure.
If anything it would have been the pressure from the French and the Germans because their involvement would have meant a REAL global coalition unlike
what occured in Iraq.
Bush can take credit for Iraq, and Afghanistan because he has troops there that are enforcing their version of democracy on those peoples. Other than
that I don't believe in any snow balling effect at all. It wasn't some giant dominoes set up.
I am not saying that what Bush has done hasn't inadvertantly helped to bring about change, I just absolutely don't think he had these intentions in
mind AT ALL.