But now, more than 200 years since the ideals of liberty and equality have become commonplace in the Christian countries of the West, millions of Arabs today yield to lives stained by deprivation and oppression. In modern times there has not been an Arabic Patrick Henry or Thomas Jefferson to fuel the fires of discontent against despotic Arab rule. Perhaps if King George had managed to convince the colonists that all their troubles could be blamed on the French, we would still be speaking the Queen's English.

But until the Arabs finally rise to the challenge of freeing themselves from tyranny and building their own democracies, then images like those we saw today of Saddam being arrested by American GI's may be the only immediate hope for the liberation of the Arab world.