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04 March 2011

FaceBush

The demonstrators in the streets of Egypt, Iran, and Libya [...] are not chanting the antiwar slogans — remember “No blood for oil”? — of the American Left. Why would they ? America is leaving Iraq having taken no oil, having established no permanent bases, and having left behind not a puppet regime but a functioning democracy. This, after Iraq’s purple-fingered exercises in free elections seen on television everywhere set an example for the entire region.

Facebook and Twitter have surely mediated this pan-Arab (and Iranian) reach for dignity and freedom. But the Bush Doctrine set the premise.

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