Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Lebanese protest against Syrian occupation

The Lebanese protests are being widely reported, both on blogs and the MSM.

Some idle speculation: could the Iraqi elections presage a wholesale collapse of the Middle Eastern tyrannies in the same way that the fall of the Berlin wall lead to the collapse of the Eastern European tyrannies?

It's not obviously the case, and it's easy to point to differences between the two situations. For example Eastern European countries were all Soviet client states, whereas the Middle Eastern countries are much more independent. But then again, the Middle Eastern countries share languistic and religious ties which might make a domino effect more likely.

If the situation in Lebanon does blow up into something big then it is not beyond the realms of possibility that sufficient momentum could be built up to take down a series of dictators. If I were George Bush I might want to push just a little harder right now.