Well, that article is painting quite a rosey picture. You can search
all other types of "non-mainstream" media sources that can show just
the opposite. There are good and bad areas. Just as there are some
who want the US to be there, but there are also many who don't want
them there. They have no say in the matter. Would you want some
foriegn troops in your country, eventhough they say they are there with
the best of intentions, in your neighborhood? Nobody wants to be
occupied. Time may tell whether this should have been done, but at
what eventual cost? Believe it or not, I'm not hoping for failure in
Iraq, quite the opposite. Just being realistic about the situation.
I'm really not trying to cherry pick your article, but one quote caught
my eye. "Many of Iraq's adults may long ago have grown tired of
troops on their streets, but soldiers in the area of Najaf, about 80
miles south of Baghdad, say the country's children are different."
Let's hope the kids can maintain their sunny dispositions as they get