I am reading a most interesting article in the Washington Post today that talks about the movement by Arabs towards democracy in the Middle East when I stumbled upon this part of the article….
A powerful influence on the region has been televised imagery of Georgia’s street uprising, called the Rose Revolution, which resulted in the ousting of a president after a flawed election. Then came Ukraine’s potent Orange Revolution, which also followed polling seen as rigged. These mass movements have helped inspire political strategies playing out today on the streets in Beirut and Bahrain.
The Iraq experience, by contrast, has had a mixed effect. Some democracy activists in the region have been inspired by the recent elections but remain concerned by the continuing violence there. In Egypt, outrage over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and American policy toward the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians spurred some reformers to take to the streets to protest against President Hosni Mubarak, who they view as a U.S. ally.”
The implication here would be that it hasn’t really been the invasion of Iraq that has led to the flourishing of democracy in the other countries in the region, but rather the internal and successful rumblings and revolutions of Georgia and the Ukraine, where the US military had no action that led the people of these other nations repressed to do something about it.
You cannot force freedom upon a people, whether they want it or not. They must choose for themselves if they want it.