The Washington Post has a helpful interactive map providing an overview of the ongoing unrest in a dozen countries throughout the Middle East, with tabs for Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
Any of these uprisings could end badly of course, but the possibilities are exciting. Can there be any doubt that these Mideast insurrections are feeding on each other’s energy? And, would any of them be happening if it were not for the successful toppling of the baddest Mideast despot of them all?
Plenty of commentators have written about vindication for Bush’s “freedom agenda” for the Middle East. I don’t know that I have much to add to the current situation, but I do want to boast about discussing this more than two years ago.
For better or worse, Bush’s legacy will always be inextricably tied to the war in Iraq. This means, as I’ve written before, there is a chance Bush will be remembered years from now as the man who planted the first stable democracy in the heart of the Arab Middle East. If some day Islamic fascism joins Soviet communism in the category of defeated ideologies, a President’s clarity about the United States as a bulwark against evil may again be a large part of the reason.
I’m just sayin’…