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Blogging's Awesomeness: The World Becomes One Community.

Examining WILLisms.com website stats for the past two months or so, and the following country codes have shown up on the list (there may be others, as well, that have not been tracked by mediatemple.net's software):

us (United States)

ca (Canada)

nl (Netherlands)

uk (United Kingdom)

sc (Seychelles)

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kz (Kazakhstan)

be (Belgium)

co (Colombia)

fr (France)

is (Iceland)

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kr (South Korea)

pe (Peru)

mx (Mexico)

bg (Bulgaria)

tw (Taiwan)

ar (Argentina)

za (South Africa)

sk (Slovak Republic)

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do (Dominican Republic)

se (Sweden)

vn (Vietnam)

hr (Croatia)

dk (Denmark)

ma (Morocco)

th (Thailand)

sa (Saudi Arabia)

at (Austria)


Just this week, add to the list for the first time:

ae (United Arab Emirates)

tr (Turkey)

ro (Romania)

A graphical representation of WILLisms.com readers in Europe (we'll update this as more readers in other countries log on to WILLisms.com):
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If WILLisms.com is getting readers from all of those countries, some of the larger blogs must be getting even more broad coverage.

In this increasingly interconnected world, it's clear that the Lebanese demonstrators, like the Ukrainian ones before them, are speaking not only to their own governments, but to the world.

For example, in Lebanon, the use of American movie slogans on signs and putting lots of pretty, well-proportioned girls at the forefront of the demonstrations is completely conscious and purposive (UPDATE: see Wizbang's comment on "The babe theory of political movements"):

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Those millions who oppose tyranny in the Middle East, previously silent for so long, are speaking directly to the people of the United States. They need our help.

If you are in Lebanon, or elsewhere in the Middle East, and you desire change in the troubled region, you desire sovereignty from corrupt and evil regimes like Bashar Assad's, you desire modernity and independence and freedom and prosperity, know that the American people, and its leaders, stand with you in your struggle. We hear you. Keep up your miraculous work.

In this new geopolitical environment, a product of the Bush doctrine, when lovers of freedom speak out, the United States will be there with them. President Bush said as much in his State of the Union address:

The only force powerful enough to stop the rise of tyranny and terror, and replace hatred with hope, is the force of human freedom. Our enemies know this, and that is why the terrorist Zarqawi recently declared war on what he called the "evil principle" of democracy. And we've declared our own intention: America will stand with the allies of freedom to support democratic movements in the Middle East and beyond, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

And in the President's Second Inaugural address:

Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

To the readers of WILLisms.com around the world, we're glad to have you. If you are reading WILLisms.com from a country that is not showing up on our list, let us know by shooting us an email at WILLisms@gmail.com.

Posted by Will Franklin · 15 March 2005 01:31 PM

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