Monday, February 28, 2005

The Ongoing Cedar Revolt

Freedom continues its drive throughout the Middle East... (h/t, LGF, CNN)
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The Lebanese government abruptly resigned Monday during a stormy parliamentary debate, prompting a tremendous roar from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in Beirut's Martyrs Square.

How far have we come? Afghanistan's regime - toppled, new elections held; Iraq's regime - toppled, new elections held; Libya's WMD's - deconstructed (or so we are told); "Palestine" - free elections, a possible road to peace (well, that, and if Palestine wages war against Israel once it becomes its own country, then bombing it into nothingness would not be frowned upon as much) and so forth; Egypt - preparing to quasi-democratize itself; and now this.

Chalk up another point for Dubya. It's like the domino-effect in reverse.

(from juniper-ridge.com) [Cedar] grows quickly—typically to full maturity in 15 to 20 years. The diameter of the tree is usually small (usually 14” to 16”), and there are many branches.

Well, Lebanon may not be the big catch a democratic Syria or Saudi Arabia would be, but it's another good move. I certainly hope many "branches" come out of this, just like they have out of every other move we've made in the Middle East.

I think the Lebanese may have missed the 15-20 year part. For that we're thankful.

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