The truth is that we did not organize them but we did inspire them. A 35-year old Ukrainian woman says it elegantly: “Almost all my life I have been bitter about us, Ukrainians, being not like Europeans, or Americans. Today I’m bitter about Westerners being not like the brave people on Maidan’s barricades.”
She used to hate her oppressors, as she still does. But now she’s added us to the list of the contemptible. You can easily find similar language among Syrians, Iranians, Egyptians, Venezuelans, Lebanese and Iraqis, all of whom have been betrayed by the United States. Yes, betrayed, because they looked to us for support, at least for words of support, since, after all, we are the leader of the free world. What these brave souls understand, which the anti-neocons do not, is that the enemies of freedom, wherever they may be, are automatically our enemies, not because of our policies but for our existence. As the Ukrainian woman says, freedom-seekers wish they lived as we do, and they risk their lives on the chance they might get there.
Therefore, supporting democratic revolutionaries is both a moral and a strategic obligation. We and they will often fail, as most human enterprises. But those who lecture us on the impossibility of achieving successful democratic revolution in a country which has never been democratic, forget history: no nation was democratic before it was democratic. They all had to struggle, often to fight, in order to get there. Just like the Kievans and Caracans and Isfahanis. They expect at least strong political support from us, instead of the pitiful pap that’s been coming out of Washington.
Today’s battles are not epiphenomena in distant lands, they are directly linked to our national security, pace the self-misproclaimed realists. For we are always the ultimate targets of the tyrants. Sooner or later, they will come for us. Meanwhile they are preparing that assault.
Anybody seen an Iranian warship headed our way?
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