Monday, February 28, 2005

Democracy Spreading In Middle East

Following the assassination of a popular former lebanese Prime Minister, and with tens of thousands of protesters defying orders to break up, the Syrian controlled governmenr of Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami has stepped down. It's a victory for the people of Lebanon, who are calling for the Syrian army to withdraw from Lebanon, and who are demanding free elections.

This comes on the heels of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's announcement of multi-candidate elections for that country's top position. It would be the first time free elections would be held for President.

Remember that illegitimate elections in the Ukraine and Georgia have been overturned recently, and that free elections were held for the leadership of the Palestinian people, and there's a powerful message to be taken. People everywhere want a say in their governemnt. They want to choose who leads their countries. It's exactly what President Bush has been calling for, and it's further evidence that he's leading this country, and the world, in the right direction.

Do you honestly think that any of these things would have occurred in we had never freed the people of Afghanistan and Iraq? In his State of the Union Address, the President pledged the America's support for people doing just what the Lebanese have done. Let's watch and see what happens; it should be good.