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More On Walid Jumblatt.
"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."
Just who is Walid Jumblatt, and why is what he said so significant?
Well, let's put it this way: Jumblatt has been more than a bit skeptical of U.S. actions in Iraq and around the world. The recent statements of Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon, are so meaningful, not because he was pro-U.S. all along, but precisely because he has been so outspokenly cynical about America. That even a man with such a hardened anti-American heart could change his mind should provide hope for freedom spreading to any nation. Jumblatt's conversion is startling and awesome. It is just one example of the astonishing transformative power of freedom.
Back in December of 2004, conservative Front Page magazine profiled Jumblatt:
"Jumblatt is known for his vehement anti-American statements and antagonistic stance toward the U.S. On November, 19, 2003, it was reported that the State Department cancelled Jumblatt’s diplomatic visa following revelations that he expressed regret that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was not killed in a missile attack during a visit to Baghdad.
It is interesting to observe liberals, such as the blog at antiwar.com, try to delegitimize Jumblatt. Afterall, if he is right and the "Wall has fallen," then Bush may have been right all along.
"...it's so amusing to watch the neocons, who insist on denying any legitimate motives to the Iraqi resistance, legitimize and even celebrate Lebanese resistance leader Walid Jumblatt."
Other liberals have tried to paint Jumblatt as the next Ahmed Chalabi; he's surely just conning America for his own power.
They just don't get it. Nobody is celebrating Jumblatt as a human being, but his transformation from eternal skeptic to true believer in a "new Arab world" is worth noting.
When the U.S. kept its word, when America didn't just go in and install "our S.O.B." in Iraq, when we didn't just take all the oil, when Iraqis voted in a free election, it became clear to cynics like Jumblatt that the U.S. might actually mean what it has been saying over the past few years.
Today's foreign policy is a profound departure from the past; no longer is the cynical calculus of realpolitik dominant. America now favors free societies over artificial stability.
Only freedom can lead to peace and stability in the long run, and although Bush had been saying that, over and over, very few in the region believed him, given America's past record of Great Power politics.
With freedom on the march, even someone like Walid Jumblatt can see that the U.S. is truly devoted to the cause of freedom in the world. When faced with elections in Iraq and America's reluctance to colonize the region, how could he not change his mind?
And that's why people are excited about his quote. Nobody should make Jumblatt a hero for one comment he made, because he is far from heroic, but he is a relevant observer, and his comments, in the context of his previous seething cynicism so rampant in the region, should be proof of the transformative power of liberty.
Jumblatt alone is not the man on whom freedom's hopes rest. The hopes of a free Lebanon rest on the shoulders of the people of Lebanon:
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Mark Steyn has more:
"In the space of a month, the Iraq election has become the prism through which all other events in the region are seen....
Posted by Will Franklin · 2 March 2005 01:29 PM