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Tom Friedman on the “revolutionary power” of the Iraq War:

I spent this afternoon with the American studies class at Cairo University. The professor, Mohamed Kamel, summed up the mood: “In 1975, Richard Nixon came to Egypt and the government turned out huge crowds. Some Americans made fun of Nixon for this, and Nixon defended himself by saying, `You can force people to go out and welcome a foreign leader, but you can’t force them to smile.’ Maybe the Iraqis will eventually stop resisting you. But that will not make this war legitimate. What the U.S. needs to do is make the Iraqis smile. If you do that, people will consider this a success.”

There is a lot riding on that smile, Mr. Kamel added, because this is the first “Arab-American war.” This is not about Arabs and Israelis. This is about America getting inside the Arab world



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