Today will be an important one in history books to come. The US led coalition turned over sovereignty to the Iraqi people this morning. The surprise
came two days before the announced handover. Whether the war was justified or not, the people of Iraq are now free from a dictatorship that has ruled
their country for decades.
Bush and Blairs reaction as power is turned over.
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, June 28, 2004; 8:01 PM
BAGHDAD, June 28 -- The United States transferred political authority to an interim Iraqi government in a five-minute surprise ceremony Monday
morning, accelerating the planned handover by two days in an effort to avoid attacks by insurgents plotting to mar the event.
At the hastily arranged ceremony, held inside a high-security compound controlled by the American military, U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer handed a
signed document to the chief judge of Iraq's highest court announcing the dissolution of the U.S. occupation administration and the conveyance of
political authority to the interim government.
The low-key handover marked the end of direct American control over Iraq's political affairs that began after the U.S. military toppled former
president Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003. Bremer, who served as America's viceroy in Iraq, flew out of Baghdad on a military transport
plane two hours after the ceremony. The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John D. Negroponte, arrived here on Monday evening and reestablished diplomatic
ties that had been severed since Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Well the long awaited day is here. Some believed that this day would never come, considering the backlash of terror in the region. Well it is here and
it’s a new start for a country so hurt by turmoil from ousted President Saddam Hussein, and this recent war led by the United States. Terrorists will
be terrorists, the New Iraqi Government needs to stand strong and give this thing a chance.
Our world has been changed drastically since the tragic events of September 11,2001. It still is a dangerous one, in my opinion, but this could be a
new leaf turning over.
By Cris Foehlinger
Published: Jun 26, 2004 10:44 PM EST
The headlines and sound bites just keep coming.
But what do they mean? For Robert Pianka of Lancaster, who is working to help restore sanitation systems in Iraq, it means it's time for the Iraqi
people to decide they want freedom and to step up and take out the insurgents.
"Their ultimate fate is in their hands. On June 30, we will attempt to hand the responsibility to them. Do they have the support is the question.''
During the latest flare-ups, Pianka said, the newly trained Iraqi forces refused to fight. "It's hard to get a person in that culture to kill
another person in that culture.'' But, he said, "If they want to be free, they have to be willing to die for it.'' Pianka said schools are still
being built, water and sanitation systems are being installed and homes are being established. But the Iraqis are "sitting on the fence, and it's
their fence.'' Maybe, he said, the Iraqis are not ready for self-governing.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
“Their ultimate fate is in their hands.” The people of Iraq need to understand this. It is up to them how this pans out. They see the schools and
hospitals being built, water and electric are being restored, and new homes are being built. This is the easy part. The hard part is standing up to
the insurgents who do not want a free state for the people of Iraq. Right now there is about 160,000 Troops in Iraq who are behind the people. Today
and tomorrows NATO meetings will help bring more change. The countries in NATO have already agreed to help train military and police.
While there is still free will, there will be hate. Hate is just about everywhere. Whether it is religious beliefs, skin color, political stance, etc
etc, you cannot hide from it. You can, however, defend yourself and your beliefs. The Islam that I know and have been told about is not that of these
radical militants. They are destroying the name of “Allah” and the teachings that are held in the Qur’an. Just think for one second, I am not a
scholar on the Qur’an, could these insurgents be what the prophet Mohammed was talking about?
I am not in anyway trying to discredit anyone’s beliefs or practicing of the Qur’an. As I have stated, I am in no way a scholar on this topic, however
some things tend to be misunderstood. I too am learning everyday about the world we live in and the people that inhabit it. We need to put everything
aside and look at humanity. Yes easier said than done, it has to start somewhere. We all need to breathe the same air, share the same sun, and relish
in the fruits that God has put here for us.
Hopefully someone will get something out of this. I know I did.
To the Iraqi people I say congratultions! The world is behind you, it is up to you to take the initiative now and say, “We had enough!”
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