Saturday, March 27, 2004 - Violence Across Iraq Leaves 21 Dead Over Two Days: "Rebel rockets slammed into a government building in the northern city of Mosul on Saturday, killing two civilians and wounding 14 others. An explosion rocked central Baghdad in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy, wounding five Iraqis.
The Mosul attack brought to 21 the number of people killed in two days of explosions and shootings across the country.
The rocket launcher was hidden in a wooden cart that was wheeled up to a blast wall surrounding the three-story main government building, said Mosul police Sgt. Jassim Mohammed."

Every loss in Iraq is sad. But there's some good news hidden in this little bit as well:

  1. Attacks that had targeted Americans are now being turned towards Iraqis. This can only mean that the Iraqis fighting for democracy are gaining power, and increasingly seen as a threat to the Islamists.
  2. The person interviewed by the AP about the incident in Mosul is "police Sgt. Jassim Mohammed." Not only is there a legitimate police structure in Iraq, finally, but it is beginning to have independence, and the ability to investigate attacks for itself, without strong-arming by the US military.

I don't care what people say, we're making progress in Iraq. It's slow, and it'll take more time, but I firmly believe that 20 years from now there will be a fully-functioning democracy in the middle of the Middle East, and that by then others will be following its lead. The spirit yearns to be free--we've given Iraqis the potential.

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