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heh...springtime in the middle east?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4326555.stm
Permalink FullNameRequired 
March 8th, 2005
Wouldn't it be nice if all these Arabic nations could implement democratic governments?

The history of Egypt and Saudi Arabia (and Iran, and Syria) make me pessimistic. I keep thinking there's some factor being ignored here.

Comparisons to the Berlin Wall are completely bogus, though. The Berlin Wall was an attempt by a third country, Russia, to maintain control over a second country, Germany. The locals didn't build the wall. The locals had their relatives on the other side of the wall. The locals really did have a puppet government. Once the wall fell, repairing the separation was a difficult ECONOMIC problem, not a political and religious one.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 8th, 2005
Just to be a party pooper but there were according to the BBC, several hundreds of thousands of Lebanese demonstrating in Beiruit in favour of Syria and against the US.

Why Jumblatt is taling about envying Iraqis voting I don't know. Lebanon has been having free elections for years, and both he, the Christians he is now teaming up with, and Hezbollah who organized the massive demonstrtion in Beiruit I referred to were all elected to Parliament.
Permalink Stephen Jones 
March 8th, 2005

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