March 2, 2005

Bush's Effect on Freedom in the World

This is an amazing quote from a pro-democracy Syrian. If it is true, then it shows the power of rhetoric and moral support as the keys to bringing change to the Mid-East. I think this is an incredible statement by someone inside Syria who wants the American people and the rest of the free world to support them. As Michael Ledeen says, "Faster, please." NRO: Are the people in Syria liable to be seriously encouraged by the Lebanese? Or is the Baath grip too strong? Ghadry: In my talks with the Syrians inside Syria, they are resisting demonstrating because as one human-rights activist told me: "President Bush has yet to call for freedom for the Syrian people." President Bush needs to give a "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall" speech to the Syrians. This article by Max Boot in the LA Times also contains a fascinating quote: "It's strange for me to say it," says Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, who would never be mistaken for a Bush backer, "but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq.""Now with the new Bush administration," confirms former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, "we feel a stronger determination in liberating Lebanon and in promoting democracy in the Middle East."Maybe, just maybe, those neocons weren't so nutty after all."

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