At the University of Sydney last week, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed her admiration for the Iraqi people. "Every time they have been confronted with a challenge, going all the way back to the transfer of sovereignty in 2004, the Iraqis have faced up to that challenge.
"In the face of extremely difficult odds, the Iraqi people are trying to expand the realm of what people think is possible in that part of the world. They voted, then wrote and ratified their own constitution, and then they voted again.
"And now their freely elected leaders are debating, and arguing, and compromising. In other words, they are engaging in a process called democracy."
The anti-war protesters who picketed Rice might try having more faith in the Iraqis and the brave soldiers like my friend who are supporting them.
"I think it is right that we are here," wrote my friend last week on his 39th birthday, "and that we support these people against the thugs, criminals and terrorists who would try and turn back the clock on them".
Sunday, March 19, 2006
...we support these people against the thugs, criminals and terrorists who would try and turn back the clock on them
From Miranda Divine in the Sydney Morning Herald writing of a friend serving in Iraq, and SecState Rice's visit to Australia,