Liberals Wrong Again - Democracy Spreading in Middle East

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Liberals Wrong Again - Democracy Spreading in Middle East

For all the liberals who said that "Democracy is a western idea that will never take hold in the Middle East, President Bush is dreaming" please read (if you have the courage to face the truth):Bush Praises Iranian Pro-Democracy Protesters
Sun Jun 15, 7:52 PM ETBy Patricia Wilson KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) on Sunday praised pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran, calling their protests a positive step toward freedom. "This is the beginning of people expressing themselves toward a free Iran which I think is positive," Bush said. Thousands of Iranians in Tehran protested against their conservative Islamic rulers for a fifth night on Saturday and smaller protests were reported in two other cities in the biggest anti-establishment demonstrations for months. "I think that freedom is a powerful incentive," Bush told reporters after he attended church services during a weekend visit to Kennebunkport. "I believe that some day freedom will prevail everywhere because freedom is a powerful drive." Iran's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of "flagrant interference in Iran's internal affairs" and said the significance of the protests was being deliberately overstated by U.S. officials. The United States has had poor relations with Tehran since cutting diplomatic ties after radical students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979 following the Islamic revolution which toppled the U.S.-backed shah. A White House statement on Saturday denounced Islamic hard-liners who attacked pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran and called on the government to release those jailed. CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT URGED Bush included Iran in an "axis of evil" last year, along with Iraq (news - web sites) and North Korea (news - web sites), accusing the countries of pursuing weapons of mass destruction and supporting what the U.S. calls international terrorism. Washington also says Iran harbors members of the al Qaeda network blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. U.S. officials say they would welcome a change of government in Tehran. Although they stop short of embracing a policy of "regime change," their statements have prompted some alarm in the region after the U.S.-led invasion successfully ousted President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) in neighboring Iraq. The Bush administration's major justification for attacking Iraq was that Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction which posed an imminent danger to the United States. But no illegal arms have been found in the weeks since major combat operations ended. The United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, discusses a report on Iran this week which calls for further inspections of its nuclear program. The IAEA says Tehran has failed to provide information as required under a safeguards agreement. Iran says its nuclear program is for electricity generation but the United States says it is developing nuclear weapons. A leading U.S. senator said he would "not necessarily" like to see the Iranian government toppled by outside forces. "Well, a regime change that comes through the democratic processes of Iran, through the students and the young people taking charge -- now, how all that comes about, I don't know," Sen. Richard Lugar (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "But I think it has to be an Iranian process, which we can assist," the Indiana Republican added.Lugar said the Bush administration's policy on Iran had not yet been fully formulated, but he expected the U.S. Congress to support Iran's pro-democracy forces financially.