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Mar 29th 2005

another berlin wall crumbles

when president bush gave his inaugural address in january, and focused on the spread of freedom and liberty around the world, critics called his ideas lofty, unrealistic, and abstract. i was inclined to agree with them. but don’t we all look like idiots now?

since being sworn-in for his second term, i can’t even keep track of all the countries whose citizens are participating in democratic elections or marching for freedom. has anybody made a complete list? here’s an attempt:

middle east:
bahrain
egypt
iraq
“palestine”
lebanon
saudi arabia

elsewhere:
azerbaijan [june 2005]
belarus
kyrgystan
mongolia
taiwan

mark steyn asks,

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.”
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Wolfowitz was right [about shaking up the middle east], and so was Bush, and the Left, who were wrong about the Berlin Wall, were wrong again….No surprise there. The EU’s political establishment doesn’t trust its own people, so why would they trust anybody else’s? Bush trusts the American people, and he’s happy to extend the same courtesy to the Iraqi people, the Syrian people, the Iranian people, etc. [read it all]

president bush:

We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one. From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. [link]

the people involved in these democratic movements believe we’ve got their backs now. since america has stayed the course in iraq and afghanistan, people everywhere have found the courage to push for change. and the world is better off for it.

3 Responses to “another berlin wall crumbles”

  1. I never thought his ideas were lofty or abstract, but were the very foundations upon which our success as a people and nation are built. But then, I tend to be an optimist, and so far the results seem to indicate others also were inspired by his “lofty” ideals. Without a vision, the people perish. Love your blog; thanks for sharing your time and talents.

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