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Thursday, February 24, 2005

The start of a new Arab world?

Were the successful Iraqi elections the middle east's equivalent of the bringing down of the Berlin wall?

Walid Jumblatt, the druze community leader in Beirut seems to think so:

"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."


The assassination of Rafik Hariri has given the US and France a common foreign policy goal and the arab world don't seem any more favourably disposed towards the Syrian regime. An interesting view from Beirut here. With even Al-Jazeera giving him a tough time, could the end be in sight for Boy Assad?

1 Comments:

At 25 February 2005 at 09:07, Blogger Jorgen said...

Definitely an aim in the longer run; it was one of the main reasons for the war in Iraq (though not emphasized probably to avoid annoying the few friendly'ish countries in the Middle East): sowing the seeds of democracy where it is needed most and eventually get peace in the middle east.

 

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