Thursday, February 17, 2011
Updated: Bonfires of Liberty are Spreading
Ignited by the successful "Jasmine Revolution" in Tunisia and then fueled by the successful ouster of Mubarak in Egypt, the bonfires of liberty are spreading and bringing light to every corner of the Arab world. After long suffering, the people of the region know that their time has come, and they are choosing freedom. Even Iran and Libya are seeing a reignition of protests after past suppression.
The policy choices for the Obama Administration will be difficult in the short term, but overall, these democratic revolutions are in the best interests of American foreign policy. By supporting the fight for freedom everywhere, we can regain our reputation as a force for good in the world and also remind ourselves of what is at stake on our own shores.