Middle East: Reaping what Bush sowed - Editorials & Commentary - International Herald Tribune: "The Bush administration may well be seeking the right end in the Middle East - the pacification of the region through economic and political liberalization.
But we already have ample proof that it has chosen the wrong means. Its errant attempt to impose democracy through force has backfired, only stirring up a hornet's nest and risking a region-wide crisis.
Iraq lies in ruins, Islamist forces are strengthening, and the Palestine-Israel conflict threatens to become a full-scale war. Even more ominously, the Middle East is being polarized along sectarian lines, empowering an Iran with nuclear ambitions. The mistakes of the Bush administration are coming home to roost."