Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year from IBC!

Well folks, it's been quite a year, hasn't it? Very few predicted that the surge and the various Anbar Awakening groups would have any chance of reducing the overall violence in Iraq. But the trendlines point to the possibility of the year ahead in Iraq being one of further rebuilding and a chance for the various political groups to learn how to compromise with one another for a shared, successful future.

We'll have lots of time, I imagine, to examine the details over the next months, so I thought I'd end this year with one of my favorite YouTube clips featuring our dear old friend, Mohammed Al Sahaf (aka Baghdad Bob), the former Information Minister of Saddam's regime:

Mohammed Al Sahaf: "They are trapped everywhere in the country. ... They are not near Baghdad."

Heh heh heh.

Happy Near Year, all ye IBC faithful! To my colleagues here at IBC (CMAR II, RhusLancia, Mister Ghost, and D.C.), to all the Iraqi bloggers, Omar (ITM) and Mojo in particular, and especially to all the regular IBC readers and commenters who have been coming here and joining our debates over the last almost four years. THANKS and HAPPY YEW YEAR! May both Iraqis and Americans be blessed with a year peace and progress.

Hey, by the way, if you have any other funny clips to end the year or begin the new one, paste the url in the comments page and I'll punch it up onto the front page.

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UPDATE: Ringing in the New Year in Baghdad.

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