Thursday, June 16, 2005

Too encouraging not to link: Roger L. Simon notes polls show Operation Iraqi Freedom is surprisingly popular in Iran:
a vast majority (74%) of Iranians feel America's presence in the Middle East will increase the probability of democracy in their own country
Not that surprising, really, when you consider formerly America-hating Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt was widely quoted saying about the same thing:
"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."

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