Iraq’s new day
By The Editors of World magazine
With all the images of death and destruction, it’s easy to forget there was good news in Iraq this year: Schools opened, embassies got to work, free presses flourished, oil moved on world markets. Most significantly of all, U.S. administrators formally handed over power to an Iraqi interim government on June 28, a feat many had predicted would prove impossible.Home rule for the Iraqis didn’t translate into homeward travel for American troops. (In fact, the Bush administration announced in November that thousands of additional troops would head to Iraq to prepare for January elections.) Still, the interim government showed that power could successfully be shared in a country with deep religious and ethnic divisions. It allowed critical European leaders to reestablish diplomatic and commercial ties. And it proved to skeptical Iraqis that America intended to keep its promises.For the insurgents, all of that was bad news indeed. They responded with frequent attacks on representatives of the new government, killing the governor of Mosul, his counterpart in Nineveh, and a top official at the Ministry of Defense, among others.Despite repeated attempts, insurgents failed to kill their top target, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. In an extraordinary speech before a joint session of Congress in September, Mr. Allawi vowed that nothing—including further assassination attempts—would derail next year’s elections. “The Iraqi elections may not be perfect. . . . They will undoubtedly be an excuse for violence from those who disparage and despise liberty,” he said. “But they will take place.”
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So mom made a comment about one of us (seven) kids doing a blog or website… a couple hours later I have my own…! I don’t really expect anyone to be interested in what my views are or anything but I’ll do it just for the fun of it. You may be wondering what I am doing still at home and not traveling in the freezing weather with a car full of grumpy kids to see some cousin or niece I don’t even like on Christmas eve… well, we’re not the traveling type and our few relatives think us rather irrational and strange… and we like to stay stay home and just be together so we are happy this way.
Merry Christmas! And I say that louder and with more meaning this year… as it has been an issue with some people on whether or not to say Merry Christmas in public or to our atheist friends because of the possibility of insulting someone. I say; this is a free Country (praise the Lord) and we can say what we want! Everyone in America celebrates Christmas right? Even atheists might celabrate the “Winter Holiday”, but it’s still Christmas, it’s still about Christ, and so if we are not aloud to say “merry Christmas” comfortably in front of the public then I say we don’t let those uptight people celebrate our tradition. I am sure tomorrow these words will make no sense to me because I just had a glass of eggnog but oh well I don’t think anyone will read this anyway so MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOODNIGHT to all my faithful friends. 🙂