Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Iraq, then Egypt, now Libya! Who is next?

Muammar al-Qaddafi should have dropped dead years ago but he's still kicking ass. Isn't it amazing how barbaric terrorist dictators live to a ripe old age? I guess it's all that permanent silencing of the opposition that encourages a long life span. The guy has been in power since I was one-year old and I'd say that's about 40 years too long already. This is the moment we've been waiting for--we Americans live for this---the moment when the people of a dictator-led nation rise up and overthrow their leaders.

I'm in awe of the courage of the people in Iraq, Egypt and Libya who are risking their lives for something better. The people of these nations, ruled by evil dictators for years, finally decided they'd had enough. They may not want to be westernized and that's ok, they just want something different than what they've been subject to for so many years. They want freedom. I don't blame the people of these nations for being wary of the things freedom brings because it includes both good and bad. I believe the good always outweighs the bad but sometimes compromises are made in order to preserve freedom and some of those compromises are not always looked on as favorable. However, in order to maintain a free nation as we do in America, we trudge on with compromise because it's the right thing to do. 

I'm hoping that once the Libyans oust the aging Colonel, this trend will extend to nations like Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela. I know what leadership follows in the footsteps of the ousted dictators could be far worse but if the people don't at least try, they will never know. If there's anything we Americans can teach other nations (and yes we have a lot of good things we can pass on), it's that if you want freedom bad enough, it is possible to achieve and there is no doubt that America is the finest living breathing example of that achievement.

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