...ancestors built their fortunes during the Crisis of 2009. My Iraqi friend has arrived at a time when the country's confidence is being tested. I still believe she will be amazed. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
For most of the world, the word "Israel" instantly conjures visions of violence, bloodshed and political confrontation between Muslims and Jews, Arabs and Israelis. Decades of violent territorial disputes, terrorist attacks, and countless wars have helped sketch a caricature of a country consumed with a conflict that makes headlines around the globe. The picture is not so much inaccurate as it is incomplete. Inside Israel, much more goes on than fretting over when the next war will start or where the next terrorist will strike.
If pro-democracy activists in the Middle East have someone to thank for showing them how to challenge their oppressors, they should look to Iran. Young Iranians, who took to the streets after a stolen election in 2009, showed their neighbors how to launch a peaceful democratic uprising. Unfortunately, the regime that smashed the Iranian quest for democracy also had a lesson to teach its neighbors. The Islamic Republic's brutality against its own people is now being replicated in much of the Arab world.
Until now, Washington has reacted timidly to the extraordinary events convulsing the Middle East. The United States has behaved as a nervous bystander, afraid to make the wrong move, not as a self-assured country with much at stake - morally, strategically and economically - in the outcome of the pro-democracy uprisings.
No reasonable person would claim these are the best of times for the United States, but Americans can take some comfort in knowing that times are even tougher for some of the world's most rabid anti-American figures. From Caracas to Tehran, political leaders who have defined themselves through their caustic anti-American rhetoric, men who shook masses of followers into frenzies of anti-Washington fervor, are having some very, very bad days.
...plans to a global reality he does not fully control. We may prepare perfectly for Y2K and end up facing 9/11. The coming decade will be full of already brewing surprises. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
...Bill Clinton's impeachment. Kosovars even love that Americans almost ditched their president, the one of the ruddy cheeks grinning over Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
...this train leaves the station, with some foreseeing derailment, others expecting a mid-point destination, and a few dreamers insisting it will make it all the way.? Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
...intransigence and made Israelis feel unsafe and defensive. The new policy could prove more effective in the pursuit of peace - but only if it survives after the November elections. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
...Barack Obama, at least the majority of people in the Middle East will not be disappointed. They were the only ones who did not start out falling in love with the lead character. Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald.
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