Iraq war is set-back for ME democracy.Pro-democracy movements have taken a big-hit from Bush's bungling of the war on terror.
The loss of America's moral authority that was an expected result of a dubious war has real-world consequences. One of those is that the indigenous pro-democracy movements -- especially the pro-western moderates -- are label as "pro-American" and slapped down. Bush's Iraq war has set secular, moderate pro-democracy movements back by a generation, at least.
Look at how Nasrallah demagogues the fact that he's not happy with the central government:
Beirut: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in remarks broadcast yesterday, called on his followers to prepare for peaceful protests to topple what he described as a US government in Lebanon.
Nasrallah said Hezbollah and other opposition forces could protest for days or weeks "until we impose, via our peaceful, civilised and democratic means, the downfall ... of the illegitimate, unconstitutional government - the government of (US ambassador Jeffrey) Feltman, not the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora."
He described US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a "blood sucker" and said the anti-Syrian ruling majority had banked on Israel destroying Hezbollah during the conflict.
Nasrallah calls for street protests
If your' re a moderate, secular advocate for Democracy in the Middle East, you're weighted down with all the baggage of America's debacle in Iraq -- which was justified in the name of moderate, secular democracy.
When I warned of this back in 2003, my conservative friends replied like this: "You just hate Bush and love the terrorists."