How Times Can Change – Swiftly

Youssef M. Ibrahim asks Will the Mideast Bloom? (Washington Post, Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page B01):

“…This much is real. And while many Arab democrats have been struggling for years, there is a keen sense of irony that a passionately Christian American president who has supported Israel, invaded an Arab country and presided over an occupation marred by violence might actually make a positive difference in the Muslim world. It has people here citing the Koranic verse that speaks of a catastrophe that bears good fruits….”