Friday, February 25, 2005


Quick can anyone tell me what the Bush Doctrine foreign policy is? Anybody? Ok you are right there really is no "in a nutshell" for something this complicated. But a very large part of it involves spreading democracy in the Middle East. Thereby letting the human desire for freedom manifest itself in Muslim/Arab countries. Take a look at some of Bush's speech's, you won't have to look far before you see something along the lines of "We must be a friend to those wishing democracy". In other words he wants to use democracy to fight Islamofacism instead of our military.

Now this concept is regularly sneered at by people on the left. To liberals America has become an imperialistic entity pushing our way of life(personal freedom) on to cultures that have no interest in our materialistic society. They believe that any hatred on the part of an islamic fundamentalist towards the US is actually caused by American attitudes and behavior(interestingly enough this is the same crowd who said that Soviet arms buildup was a result of United States provocation, when at the time only the Russians had ballistic missles, nuclear research labs, and a massive military budget and the US did not).

But with the recent elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, the pro-democracy movement in Iran, and the recent restored relations with Europe there is significant evidence that the Bush Doctrine is working. Another excellent example is the situation in Lebennon:
But regional analysts say Mr. Assad is most likely to be unnerved, not by foreign political pressure but by the unprecedented protest movement sparked by the Feb. 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The tent city rose up near the immense crater created by the blast that killed Mr. Hariri and 16 others, peopled by protesters who refused to go home after a demonstration Monday described as the largest anti-Syrian protest ever held.
Divided into small groups according to affiliation -- the Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) in one area, the followers of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt in another -- the camp has been growing daily since Monday.
Inspired by December's Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the Rose Revolution in Georgia a year earlier, the protesters have begun to call their action the "Cedar Revolt" in a tribute to the tree that adorns the Lebanese flag.
Notice that the protest is bipartisan. These people are not religious extremists, they are just tired of tyrants meddling in their affairs. This is an exciting time and it makes me wonder how history will view this president and his foreign policy.