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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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....fill in the details, but I've been saying for some time that democracy in Iraq would be infectious.
The leader of this Lebanese intifada [for independence from Syria] is Walid Jumblatt, the patriarch of the Druze Muslim community and, until recently, a man who accommodated Syria's occupation. But something snapped for Jumblatt last year, when the Syrians overruled the Lebanese constitution and forced the reelection of their front man in Lebanon, President Emile Lahoud. The old slogans about Arab nationalism turned to ashes in Jumblatt's mouth, and he and Hariri openly began to defy Damascus...

"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."
It's pretty simple, really. Red, black, brown or white, every man, once he has tasted freedom's sweet nectar, won't rest until he has it again and always. He'll fight for it. He'll risk his life for it. He'll even die for it. All he needs is the evidence that he can have it, a glimpse of the light, and his heart will stir from its slumber, he will rise, and he will fight to his last breath to possess it.

This pretty much proves it, doesn't it?