Friday, February 04, 2005


Careful- It's Contagious

I've been hearing alot of talk about invading Iran, and Syria, and what not. My advice to the President would be to hold off on that, and I think that's the feeling in the White House. Condi said that there were no "immediate plans" to invade any of them. The general feeling seems to be that they can be taken care of diplomatically. I don't know how many people saw this story that came out right after the elections in Iraq, but I think it says it all. The title is "Arabs Mezmorized by Iraqi Elections." It describes how people in the countries surrounding Iraq have taken an interest in what Iraq is becoming, and governments of those countries are fearing civil revolution.

"Arab governments may not say it, but they don't want Iraq's democratic experiment to succeed," said Turki al-Hamad, a prominent Saudi columnist and former political science professor. "Such a success would embarrass them and present them with the dilemma of either changing or being changed."

If this is true, then the President will look like a genius. When more Mideast countries are forced into democracy, we will look at Bush, like we look at Reagan, who stood up to the Soviets, and turned out to be absolutely right. Iraq wasn't just about Iraq, it was about all of the countries over there, whether they are allies or not. At least that's the feeling I get from the White House. We aren't ruling out military action, but we hope things won't come to that.

Update: Condi addresses Iran

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