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Disappointing Terrorists
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Well, many in the Arab world appear to be moping. I guess not everybody expected the war to be as relatively simple as it was.

This article in The New Republic by Hassan Fattah gives a good glimpse into some of the deflated Arab reaction to the war.

At least one good outcome so far is disappointing cretins like this:

Even the most ardent Saddam supporters have trouble suppressing their disillusionment. "These are not the Iraqis that I knew," laments Mohanna Shbatt, an activist with the Arab Liberation Front, the Palestinian branch of the Baath movement. Shbatt had studied in Iraq and looked to Saddam as the last true Arab leader. He had carried Saddam's flag in Gaza for years and just two weeks earlier had been responsible for dispensing Saddam's money to families of Palestinian militants and civilians killed in the intifada. Saddam had handed out $32 million over 30 months, but in just a matter of days he had become an embarrassment. "I didn't think that the Iraqi people could fall so far," Shbatt broods.

You know you're doing something right when the guy who runs the martyr money machine is crestfallen.

Of course, note the attitude. The Iraqi people have fallen. No, jackass. Saddam's ugly regime as fallen. The Iraqi people, for the first time in decades, now have the potential to finally rise above.

One thing seems certain, they won't be getting any help in doing so from their neighboring governments, who have a vested interest in seeing a new Iraqi democracy fail. It is also telling that many in the Arab world look at the fall of Baghdad and feel only shame and humiliation, instead of hope.

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