Friday, February 25, 2005

The road to peace runs through where?
I'm thinking that more and more, Baghdad lies somewhere along the way.
The Washington times (via InstaPundit) reports on activity in Lebanon, as it regards Syria: "Presidents and diplomats piled on the pressure for Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon yesterday, but for the hard-line Ba'athist leaders in Damascus, the most worrisome pressure may be coming from a scruffy tent camp near the Beirut waterfront.
In a land where civil war is endemic but political protest is almost unknown, long-feuding Muslims, Christians and Druze are camping out just blocks from the parliament saying they will not leave until either Syrian troops leave their country or the government falls."

Remember, folks, one of the leaders of this Lebanese uprisings was quoted just the other day in the Washington Post, saying: "'It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq,' explains Jumblatt. 'I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world.' Jumblatt says this spark of democratic revolt is spreading. 'The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it.'"

It's important to realize that Iraqi expats living in Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and through the rest of the Middle East were all able to vote in those countries. That can't have gone unnoticed by their citizens. While this whole thing has echoes of the Ukrainian Orange Revolution, it also seemst to be a reverberation of Iraqi freedom.

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