The plan--or one of the many plans--as I understand it was that we'd bring democracy to Iraq, and the other nations in the Middle East would follow along and adopt democracy too.
Well, it's working, except that what we've brought, and what is spreading, is not democracy but violence and lawlessness:
Gunmen opened fire on Saturday on three complexes used largely by Americans and other foreigners in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province and seized a large group of hostages, bringing the terrorist attacks that have plagued the country for the past year into the heart of its oil-producing region.
The official Saudi Press Agency quoted Crown Prince Abdullah, the country's de facto ruler, as saying that 10 people had been killed. But sporadic gunfire continued into the night in Khobar, the town on the Persian Gulf where the attacks occurred, and the reports remained confused.
The death toll could climb higher, officials from Western embassies and local reporters said. The United States Embassy in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, first confirmed that one American male was among the dead, but later said they were uncertain.
The gunmen took some hostages at the Oasis residential compound in Khobar, home to many senior Western company executives. Some 15 hours after the attack began, the reports varied on the number of people who might still be held. Some said the gunmen were holding 15 people hostage, but other reports, quoting a residence manager, said they were holding as many as 50.