At Sharm el Sheikh on 19 May 2008, President George W. Bush addressed Arab leaders at the World Economic Forum with a page from the overarching theme of his Presidency: his Freedom Agenda.
Arab states need to promote freedom at home and resist Iran's nuclear
ambitions, George Bush said yesterday, while insisting in the face of widespread
scepticism that he is committed to achieving peace between Israel and the
The US president used a speech in the Egyptian resort of
Sharm el-Sheikh to appeal to leaders in the region to take the future into their
hands and "
"The light of liberty is beginning to shine," he added,
praising advances for democracy in Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco and
Jordan, but only hinting at stagnation and repression in Saudi Arabia and Egypt,
his two stops after joining Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations in Jerusalem
Be careful for what you wish for, but wish you still should, especially if you aren’t free.
Bush also attacked Syrian and Iranian support for the Shia movement Hizbullah
in Lebanon. "Every peaceful nation in the region has an interest in stopping
these nations from supporting terrorism," he said.
Democracy, and the removal of the footprint of the state from the neck of a people are to those enamored with Realpolitik a tool. To Bush it was a goal.