By Nancy K. Matthis | Thursday, March 16th, 2006 at 6:06 am
Early this morning, Iraq’s new parliament was sworn in while stateside Americans slept. This past December, Iraqis turned out to vote at the risk of their lives in a national general election. Now their chosen representatives are stepping up to serve, also at the risk of their lives. We are in awe of the courage of these ordinary people.
Meanwhile, the snide American press is still trying to stir up a civil war in Iraq. All of their press coverage is designed to encourage the insurgents. It is hard to find a positive comment about this remarkable nation-building process in the US media. For a balanced coverage, one may turn to the Pakistan Daily Times:
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Rice confident about Iraqi national unity government
* Stresses Iraqis will not allow foreign-fuelled civil war
* Iraqi leaders warn no government before May
JAKARTA/BAGHDAD: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed confidence on Wednesday that an Iraqi national unity government would be formed and that the nation would unite to avert civil war.
â€œI think they (the Iraqis) have shown extraordinary patience and extraordinary political maturity to work through the problems,â€ Rice said after a speech delivered during a two-day visit to Indonesia.
â€œI believe that they are going to form a national unity government. And when they do and when the coalition has properly trained Iraqi security forces in order to be able to secure the country, you can be certain that we will be more than pleased to stand down and to have the Iraqis do it themselves,â€ she said.
Rice said she believed that the Iraqis would fend off attempts by â€œforeign terroristsâ€ to divide the country along sectarian lines.
â€œI think itâ€™s time we stop saying that the Iraqis want to descend into civil war. Thatâ€™s not what they want. Thatâ€™s what some foreign terrorists want for them,â€ she said.
â€œEvery time they have been confronted by the terrorists, every time they have been confronted by Zarqawi or by the lieutenants of Bin Laden and efforts to break them apart . . . the Iraqis have come together, they have not split apart,â€ she said.
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.
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