Friday, January 09, 2009

Reading Resolution 1859

For more than five years the Fadhil brothers have been writing about Iraq, through the good times and the bad times. Two years ago it looked like the multiple insurgencies just might rip Iraq apart, but thanks to General Petraeus's surge and the cooperation and help given by the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people, today those insurgencies -- both Al Qaeda and Sadr's militias -- have been defeated. The statistics speak for themselves. In the last several months, more American forces have died in non-hostile accidents than through hostile fire, and while there is still an occasional horrific suicide-bomber killing Iraqi civilians the fatalities remain at the lowest recorded.

Today, over at Iraq the Model, Omar and Mohammed Fadhil examine what Resolution 1859 means for Iraqis (New Iraq Emerges from Tyranny and War):
Domestically, the resolution is a blow dealt to all those nostalgic for the totalitarian past. Those people had exhausted their lungs screaming and rallying against a security agreement with the United States. The voice that prevailed at the end was that of Iraq’s elected parliament in choosing to open a new era of cooperation and mutual respect between Iraq and the nation that liberated it from tyranny, and continues to protect its interests as we speak.
They also look squarely at those who have always wanted Iraq to fail, noting that many of them are the same people who championed the guy who threw his shoes at President Bush.
Whereas Arab nationalists and Islamist extremists ended up with a pair of shoes, Iraqis ended up with their sovereignty, democracy, and friendship with the United States. Those hypocrites did not lift a finger to help Iraq at a time of hardship. On the contrary, they used all the means they could muster to bring democratization in Iraq and the Middle East to a halt. But despite the vicious attacks, Iraq and the United States moved hand in hand to overcome the countless obstacles and present the model of reform and democracy that is taking shape with every dispute Iraqis resolve in the parliament and every new brick they lay in a new building.
Many obstacles have indeed been overcome. Surely there will be a few more, but the future for Iraq is now brighter than it has been in some time.

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Meanwhile Shaggy is back on the farm and about to transfer this year's rice crop to the government silos (Tassweek Time Coming Up). Before that, he had a week or so vacation in Baghdad, where he was able to buy a bag of mediocre weed. For the old-timers, you know that Nahida is always snooping around at Shaggy's place in Baghdad. Yep, she caught him blasting in his room:
The only bad thing about getting high at home was that I was often paranoid that Nahida was going to catch me and make a big deal out of it. She did catch me, she walked into my room just after I had finished blazing one and she picked up all the roaches that I had poorly hid on the window sill. Thankfully she did not make a big deal out of it. Maybe she did appreciate how stressed out I was as Od had suggested to me.
That Nahida is a hawk.

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