To continue the discussion with Jack and how we are affecting the culture
in the Middle East, let me quote today's Best of the Web from the WSJ:

The Road to Damascus

In a story it buried in its Saturday edition, the New York Times reports
that Iraq's liberation is emboldening opponents of the world's sole
remaining Baathist dictatorship, in Syria: 

*** QUOTE *** 

A year ago, it would have been inconceivable for a citizen of Syria, run
by the Baath Party of President Bashar al-Assad, to make a documentary
film with the working title, "Fifteen Reasons Why I Hate the Baath."  

Yet watching the overthrow of Saddam Hussein across the border in Iraq
prompted Omar Amiralay to do just that. "It gave me the courage to do
it," he said.  

"When you see one of the two Baath parties broken, collapsing, you can
only hope that it will be the turn of the Syrian Baath next," he added,
having just completed the film, eventually called "A Flood in Baath
Country," for a European arts channel. "The myth of having to live under
despots for eternity collapsed." 

*** END QUOTE ***

Gary:  I'd say that cultures of fear can be replaced with cultures that
love freedom and hope. Here's one perfect example of a sub culture that
was repressed by the Baathists beginning to emerge in the light of

Gary Smith

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