Tuesday, March 01, 2005

How do you say "Berlin Wall" in Arabic?

Mark Steyn (hat tip: Little Green Footballs) summarizes events of the past month in the Middle East and connects the dots:

Why is all this happening? Answer: January 30. Don't take my word for it, listen to Walid Jumblatt, big-time Lebanese Druze leader and a man of impeccable anti-American credentials: 'I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, eight million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Berlin Wall has fallen.

Bush was right. The neocons were right. Those "intelligent" and "nuanced" Democrats and other leftists were wrong. What next? Will we find out that "freedom" is a real, viable concept and not just a pretext for imperialism? Actually, those of us in the West can't answer that. The Arabs will have to answer that one, by choosing between God-given rights and dignity and a government that protects them, or replacement tin-pot dictators who exploit the masses and round up dissenters. After all, when the first Berlin Wall fell the result in Germany was not freedom all around but a socialist government that survives on America-baiting and the people's desire for a free lunch.