lunes, 15 de junio de 2009

Algo se sigue moviendo en Irán

La revolución verde avanza en Irán

A pesar de que los guardianes de la revolución reprimen con dureza extrema a los manifestantes. Sin embargo, parece que la gente va perdiendo el miedo.

Algo parece que se mueve en Oriente Medio. Los fundamentalistas han perdido las elecciones en Líbano, en Iraq y ahora en Irán hay una fuerte protesta. Thomas Friedman, el autor de El mundo es plano, escribe sobre el asunto en el NYT. Según él, esto es en parte gracias a Bush y a los terribles neocon:

Second, for real politics to happen you need space. There are a million things to hate about President Bush’s costly and wrenching wars. But the fact is, in ousting Saddam in Iraq in 2003 and mobilizing the U.N. to push Syria out of Lebanon in 2005, he opened space for real democratic politics that had not existed in Iraq or Lebanon for decades. “Bush had a simple idea, that the Arabs could be democratic, and at that particular moment simple ideas were what was needed, even if he was disingenuous,” said Michael Young, the opinion editor of The Beirut Daily Star. “It was bolstered by the presence of a U.S. Army in the center of the Middle East. It created a sense that change was possible, that things did not always have to be as they were.”

Menos mal que ha venido Obama a cosechar lo que Bush dejó sembrado con su "soft power":

Finally, along came President Barack Hussein Obama. Arab and Muslim regimes found it very useful to run against George Bush. The Bush team demonized them, and they demonized the Bush team. Autocratic regimes, like Iran’s, drew energy and legitimacy from that confrontation, and it made it very easy for them to discredit anyone associated with America. Mr. Obama’s soft power has defused a lot of that. As result, “pro-American” is not such an insult anymore.

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