A sudden, powerful stirring

Ajami, Fouad
March 2005
U.S. News & World Report;3/14/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 9, p30
The article comments on the stirrings of political change in the Arab world. An emerging popular opposition has taken to the streets of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt has wearied of its ruler, of his family, of the mediocrity of his regime. Demonstrators in Beirut, Lebanon, are fed up with Syrian misrule and extortion. For years, these people feared Syria's secret police. Now they have discovered a new world of possibilities. It is not clear if the American public shares Bush's passion for the pursuit of freedom. America has paid dearly for this democratic movement, in both blood and treasure, for this democratizing push was given force by Iraq's elections. But the outlines of a new Arab world may now be dimly seen.


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