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The past two weeks in Iraq

This is an excellent summary IMO.

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A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.

Over a month into sovereignty, and Iraq still continues to generate a flood of bad news, at least as far as the mainstream media are concerned. Foreign workers keep getting kidnapped and occasionally executed; terrorist bombs continue to explode throughout Baghdad and other cities, although the victims are now overwhelmingly Iraqi civilians. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, learned commissions deliver their reports, providing the media with fresh opportunities to talk about intelligence failures and strategic blunders.

Yet for every foreigner taken hostage there are stories of hundreds of Iraqis who can now enjoy in many different ways their regained liberty. For every attack, with all its terror and bloodshed, there are countless stories of courage, determination and resourcefulness on the part of the Iraqi people. And for every intelligence failure by the government agencies then, there is an intelligence failure by the media now. Which is why you are likely to have recently missed some of the stories below.

I saw the trainer for the Iraqi boxing team on FNC the other night, Termite Watkins. Another Texan incidentally. Najah Ali, the Iraqi's boxer could not stop flashing his infectious smile during his interview. It was quite a moving piece. See this link from the piece for more about Najah Ali.

...Ali will win when he walks into the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 13 for the opening ceremonies with his country's national soccer team and five other athletes to see the Iraqi flag flying. After the Games, he'll travel to Iraq to visit the family he's missed for the past 3? months.

"But with him, he'll take a lesson. It's not whether he wins, loses, or draws," Watkins said. "It's that he's free. He is a great example of the Iraqi people that America is getting to see. There's a lot of bad over there, but there's so much good too. He can tell Iraq what freedom is like. He's selling America. At the same time, he sells America on Iraq -- how the country's athletes have endured the past 16 months of hell and have come out stronger than ever."

Said Ali: "Me and Termite are ambassadors of freedom." ...

Maybe Katie Couric will have time for an interview with Ali.

Evie Happy

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