Slowly but surely, things are getting on track in Iraq. The al-Sadr thugs are on the run(or buried), there has been no widespread Shiite-uprising as was hoped for and predicted by the Left, and the terrorist-insurgents from the old party and the neighboring countries are gradually being hunted down and eliminated. Zarqawi's days are numbered...hope somebody's sharpening up a beheading-knife, for that bit of field-justice.
The handover of power will go off as scheduled, in a couple of weeks, and the US-led coalition will continue to fight the good fight against those forces of darkness whose greatest fear is a Western-style democracy, in the heart of their medievalist dream of theocracy.
We've had some dark days in this mission, and I know there will be plenty more, before we leave. On the whole, though, the mission is succeeding. And the Iraqis are grateful, too.
Ain't that a bitch?
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The new government is thanking America and Bush. Why are the media silent?
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 12:01 a.m.
A myth has developed that Iraqis aren't grateful for their liberation from Saddam. So it's worth noting that the leaders of Iraq's new interim government have been explicit and gracious in their thanks, not that you've heard this from the U.S. media.
First in Arabic and then in English, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said in his inaugural address to the Iraqi people last Tuesday that "I would like to record our profound gratitude and appreciation to the U.S.-led international coalition, which has made great sacrifices for the liberation of Iraq." In his own remarks, President Ghazi al-Yawer said: "Before I end my speech, I would like us to remember our martyrs who fell in defense of freedom and honor, as well as our friends who fell in the battle for the liberation of Iraq."
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the U.N. Security Council much the same thing last Thursday: "We Iraqis are grateful to the coalition who helped liberate us from the persecution of Saddam Hussein's regime. We thank President Bush and Prime Minister Blair for their dedication and commitment."
We thought our readers might like to know.