Shock and Awe — Two Years Out

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This coming week marks the second year anniversary of “Shock and Awe” and the invasion of Iraq. To many soldiers, their families and people across this country, the war that was supposed to be a cakewalk has now become a daily routine of car bombs and fears of that phone call.

But new hints of democratic reform blowing through the Middle East this spring could offer some good news, and some are crediting the Bush Administration with beginning this change.

From the West Bank to Basra to Beirut, people have been in the streets, demanding human rights, self-determination, and reform. But before President Bush claims victory for the “Arab Spring” critics point out that there is still plenty of anti-American sentiment there, and that civil wars, and new crackdowns remain a distinct possibility.


David Ignatius, columnist with the Washington Post

Mona Makram Ebeid, Secretary General of the Party of Tomorrow, a pro-democracy party in Egypt whose leader Ayman Nour was recently released from jail

Amotz Asa-El, Executive Editor, The Jerusalem Post

Michael Young, columnist with The Daily Star in Lebanon

Thanassis Cambanis, Baghdad correspondent for The Boston Globe.