1, 2004 delayed posting from Feb.
Arab Street-- Predictions before toppling of Taliban and Hussein versus today after Afghani Blue
Finger Revolution, Iraqi Purple Finger Revolution, Palestinian election and Lebanese Red, White and
The collapse of the Syrian-controlled puppet government of Lebanon today makes it a good day to
remind ourselves of the dire predictions by critics of George W. Bush when he announced plans to
topple the Taliban that doing so would ignite a "revolution against the West" in the
"Arab Street." Since then, we've witnessed the Blue Finger Revolution in
Afghanistan, the Purple Finger Revolution in Iraq, the Palestinian elections and now the Lebonese
Red, White and Green Revolution against Syria. Added to the effects of the Rose Revolution in
Georgia and the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, those of us who supported Bush can take a measure
of satisfaction that history is evolving to validate Bush's assertion that the desire for freedom
beats in all normal human hearts.
How satisfying it is that Bush's strategic vision (in contrast to the linear tic-tac-toe tactics we
applied before 9-11) shaping this trend of history in progress will ultimately produce results for
which future generations will be grateful and for which the Not In Our Name crowd will have earned
not credit but scorn and contempt. How comforting it must be to families of troops killed or
injured in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom that their sacrifices will
ultimately be proven to deserve the honor and gratitude of generations as did those who died or
sustained terrible injuries defeating the Nazis, Imperial Japan and the Italian Fascists in World
War II. Who could not equate today's troops with the Greatest Generation? Who could not
equate the historic power of their accomplishments with those of the Greatest Generation? Only
the myopic "Not in Our Name" crowd.
Today is a good day to reflect on the sentiments expressed in the lyrics of "Thanks in Our Name
for Deeds in Our Name." Today is also a good day to appreciate the difference between a
President following a strategic vision for posterity rather than tactical goals for a
How paradoxical that the year* of the worst
earthquake/ Tsunami in modern history is
becoming the year of seismic political shifts in the balances of power away from tyranny and
medievalism and toward human-rights-respecting democracy and modernity.
remember, of course, that the earthquake causing the Tsunami occurred on Dec. 25, 2004, but most of
the "hard work" setting the stage for the seismic political events of 2005 had been
performed in 2004.
Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com.
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