The Sri Lankan government has battled the Tamil Tigers on two fronts for almost three decades: on the battlefield and in the arena of world opinion. No one thought they could win militarily, but they did.
The true test of Obama's presidency will not only be the innovative statecraft of its regional diplomacy, but also his ability to mobilize a comprehensive initiative to lift the Arab world out of its economic and social poverty.
Afghanistan is the central front in the war on terror. But perhaps we'd be wiser to leave bin Laden in his cave, abandon the wrong-headed misnomer of a "war on terror," and give up attempting to build a new democracy on the other side of the world.
For George Bush, democracy is bulling through a Florida decision which makes his government only borderline legitimate from the gitgo. It is forcing "change" with soldiers rather than friendly persuasion. It is pandering.