Egypt proves Bush right. Not long ago, President George W. Bush was considered
naive for suggesting that the promotion of democracy in the Arab world should be
a staple of American foreign policy. Two years ago, the same charge was
whispered against President Barack Obama, when he suggested, in his Cairo
address to the Muslim world, that self-government and freedom are not just
American ideas, they are human rights. True, due to the exigencies of pursuing
the nation's strategic interests, neither man actually pressed very hard for
democratization. Still, the more important point is that both were subjected to
lectures from experts who insisted that somehow even to speak about democracy
and freedom in the Arab lands was to show oneself to be a hopeless romantic,
insufficiently hardheaded, out of touch with reality.
Credit the internet. Once the masses grasp the power of knowledge, they hunger
for freedom. People see what they could have, rather than listen to dictators
tell them that they are happy.American policy bringing democracy to
the Middle East? No. Google has done more for freedom than politicians.
The ability to communicate has transformed the arab world from the isolated
strongholds of dictators and war lords to kindling fires of democracy and
freedom. These ARE universal principles that transend boarders and fire the
souls of men and women.God bless the Egyptian people. I just hope
the noble efforts and true reasons behind this revolution aren't subverted by
radical extremists with agendas contrary to the self governing principles
espoused by the revolutionaries right now.