Pax Americana in the 21st Century

From the must read commentary of Fouad Ajami in the Wall Street Journal:

It is said that much of the war's nobility has drained out of it, and that we now fight not to lose, and to keep intact our larger position in the oil lands of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. This may not be the stuff of glory, but it has power and legitimacy all its own.

Pax Americana has produced the first Arab Shia state. Unlike what was so common during Pax Brittania, we have empowered the majority. It is not pretty, but it is better than a lot of other things that could have happened. I remain convinced (and this article helps) that history will look well upon Mr. Bush's little war.