Roger L. Simon

Democracy in Syria?

I don’t think too many people are really ready to believe it yet, but the fact that it is even in the air you would think would be sensational news, but as Jonah Goldberg points out, it only made page 10 of the Washington Post today. Is this because we have become so blasé about the spread of the democracy or because the WaPo is loathe to give more credit to the Bush Administration? If it’s the latter – and I don’t know that it is – I’m beginning to find some of my old allies pathetic.

Look, guys and gals, (talking to old friends here- some of them don’t talk to me any more) we’re living in a big world here. There are issues far more important than which political party gets to pass out jobs on Foggy Bottom or gets credit for something. Sometimes good things happen under another name. William Morris (no, not your agent!… the Victorian) said it best:

“Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes out not to be what they meant, other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.”