The latest from our friend Saul Singer in the Jerusalem Post on how the Left is coping with the cries for democracy in the Middle East.
Dodging a bullet is said to be one of life's most exhilarating experiences. Here's another: a flood of critics admitting you were right.
In the Toronto Star, anti-war columnist Richard Gwyn wrote simply: "Bush was right." Guy Sorman in Le Figaro wrote that many Europeans were "somewhat embarrassed" by the democratic awakening in this region. Rudiger Lentz, of the German broadcast network Deutsche Welle, wrote, "one has to acknowledge that Afghanistan and Iraq might have been catalysts for what we see now happening in Lebanon, in Egypt and even between the Palestinians and Israel."
Finally, the coup de grace, the delicious sign of pure victory, from a New York Times editorial, "this has so far been a year of heartening surprises - each one remarkable in itself, and taken together truly astonishing. The Bush Administration is entitled to claim a healthy share of the credit.... It boldly proclaimed the cause of Middle East democracy at a time when few in the West thought it had a chance."
Read it all.