Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.
- Goethe, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, and Scientist (1749-1832)
I always knew George W. Bush would be vindicated for liberating over 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq, I just never thought the reassessments would start arriving just two years out with some of them coming from the farthest-left corners of the blogosphere.
The byline summary from The Daily Beast itself:
The protests in Egypt show that Bush was right to push for democracy in the Middle East, says Stephen Carter. But now the question is if Obama can stay true to his words and promote freedom.
Instead of parsing it, I give you the link to Professor Carter’s article, which is well worth the read: Egypt Proves Bush Right by Stephen L. Carter.
George W. Bush never believed the racists who said the Arabs didn’t have the temperament for Democracy, that the people of the Middle East were incapable of self-rule, George W. Bush knew that the hearts of all people are alike in yearning for freedom.
When the people of the Middle East join the ranks of the modern world and are given (or take for themselves) the right to choose their leaders, we may not always like the results. In the Palestinian elections of 2006, we saw the “drive Israel into the sea” rhetoric of Hamas taking the majority over the more moderate and rational voices of Fatah, but I am convinced that Democracy has a way of sorting things out. Sooner or later the people will make it clear, they don’t care which party hates the Jews the most, the only thing they care about are the pocket book issues and which party has the better plan for raising their standard of living.