Thursday, March 10, 2005

Heirs of the Enlightenment?

Mark Steyn:

[T]he same form of words has mysteriously flowered from Toronto to London to Sydney. It’s the catchphrase du jour - like “Show me the money” or “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.” Now it’s “Could Bush be right?”

...Now the torrents of Arabia cascade on, from Baghdad to Beirut, Cairo, Riyadh and beyond. Those of us who argued three years ago that Iraq was the place to start the dominoes falling and that the Middle East was ripe for liberty, for democracy, for one man, one gloat – whoops, sorry, vote… Anyway, those of us who told you so way back when long ago gave up trying to figure out why the media, the Dems, the Europeans and Canadians were so wedded to “stability” uber alles. But we had a feeling that their enthusiasm was unlikely to be shared by the actual subjects of Assad and co.

Let's take that a step further. What do the last few years say about who really has the interests of the people of the Middle East at heart? Who is it that really viewed those people as equally and fully human, rejecting the idea that Arabs ought to resign themselves to oppression and servitude because that's just how things are? Hint: it wasn't the leftists.