“Our Common Struggle”is an interesting article at the on-line Opinion Journal of the Wall Street Journal by BY NOURI AL-MALIKI. In this article the Iraq Prime Minister expresses some of his ideas and problems faced by present day Iraq and recognizes our contribution to the struggle.
“Daily we still fight the battle for our security. We lose policemen and soldiers to the violence, as do the multinational forces fighting along our side. We are training and equipping a modern force, a truly national and neutral force, aided by our allies. This is against the stream of history here, where the armed forces have traditionally been drawn into political conflicts and struggles. What gives us sustenance and hope is an increase in the numbers of those who volunteer for our armed forces, which we see as proof of the devotion of our people to the stability and success of our national government.”
We still have a long way to go, but at least this is a start. The Prime Minister ends with this:
“Our message has been the same to one and all: We will not permit Iraq to be a battleground for other powers. In the contests and ambitions swirling around Iraq, we are neutral and dedicated to our country’s right to prosperity and a new life, inspired by a memory of a time when Baghdad was–as Washington is today–a beacon of enlightenment on which others gazed with admiration. We have come to believe, as Americans who founded your country once believed, that freedom is a precious inheritance. It is never cheap but the price is worth paying if we are to rescue our country.”
I believe in this venture and I hope the American Public will give Mr. Maliki the chance to the success his words embody.