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April 09, 2006

Iraq Liberation Day: from the narrow places

Three years after the end of the Iraq War, Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission encourage the media to mark the anniversary by showing some of the positive results of the war as well as the negative.

The constant attacks from mutating insurgent, militia, and terrorist groups are wearing everyone down (which of course is their intention), and the front page stories of today's New York Times and Washington Post reflect widespread pessimism at this point in the struggle for Iraq.

This Wednesday begins the holiday of Passover, which celebrates the Jews' escape from slavery in Egypt. We received the Law shortly after leaving Mitzrayim (the Narrow Place), but we had to spend the next 40 years in the wilderness absorbing it, before we could enter the Promised Land of Freedom. The generation which had grown up in slavery had to die out, and a new generation which had been born free, or spent most of their childhood in freedom, had to grow up and take leadership.

in those 40 years we suffered tribal feuds, terrorist attacks, religious schisms, shortages of basic necessities, inadequate adherence and challenges to demanding legal codes, bitter regret, and failure of nerve. But we learned how to create an army and a nation.

So I would like the cut the Iraqis at least another few years of slack.

RELATED: The 10 plagues of Iraq.

Judith | 04/09/06 at 08:49 AM | Categories: - Iraq

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In this information age where we expect everything to happen instantly, it is so easy to forget that sometimes the really important things take time. Post WWII re-building took decades, but seem to have forgotten that. Iraq will not be re-built overnight. Heck, it may not even stay a democracy. But no matter what, we have to make sure our troops know they are doing the right thing and that their country supports them. Thanks for your words!

Luv2Box | April 11, 2006 07:52 AM

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