May 18, 2005

Remarkable six months ago, unimaginable 2 years ago, boring today...

Jonah Goldberg writes, about the recent news that Assad is promising to "begin legalizing political parties, purge the ruling Baath Party, sponsor free municipal elections in 2007 and formally endorse a market economy":

It is just amazing how what would have been remarkable six months ago and unimaginable 2 years ago becomes boring today. This is from page A 10 of The Washington Post. Obviously, there's room for skepticism and pessimism. But sheesh...

Longstanding dictatorship announces possible democratic reforms, and they stick it on page 10! Crazy. Why? Because they don't think it's news? Or because they can't bear to admit the splendid blessings that are flowing from the decision to go for regime-change in Iraq and Afghanistan? Either way, this bit of news-placement is an astonishing tribute to President Bush. (And to me of course, since I said repeatedly that the Iraq Campaign would lead to peaceful changes. But that's OK, I will be content just knowing I was right, and they were wrong. Heh heh heh.)

This must be a bitter time to be a "realist" or an elitist. No doubt we will hear soon that the Syrians "aren't ready" for democracy, and that that horrid Bush is imposing monstrously upon the hitherto-fore happy and untroubled little brown people and spoiling their siestas. But that's not gonna work. Over the last few decades countries have been democratizing at a rate of 1.5 per year! That's a tsunami, and the stick-in-the-muds are standing on the beach and saying, "Look at the poor fishies flapping on the sand. Bush's fault!"

Posted by John Weidner at May 18, 2005 7:44 PM
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