Wow! Even the NY Times is admitting that signs of democracy in the Middle East look promising. They even offer a begrudging tip of the hat to President Bush:

The Bush administration is entitled to claim a healthy share of the credit for many of these advances. It boldly proclaimed the cause of Middle East democracy at a time when few in the West thought it had any realistic chance. And for all the negative consequences that flowed from the American invasion of Iraq, there could have been no democratic elections there this January if Saddam Hussein had still been in power.