Michael Yon

Here is a Michael Yon photo from yesterday that you will find throughout the ‘sphere, but not the newspapers.
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A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from “Chosen” Company 2-12 Cavalry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.

The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ” Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.” Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.” The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers. (Videotape to follow.)

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This photo is amazing. People who do not agree that those who disagree with them need to be dead can be neighborly.

I look forward to the day that Iraq and the US are working together regularly on some project or another. We are not “occupiers” and never have been.

The Anchoress shares her more polished thoughts on this photo.

Iraqpundit has a couple of quotes today that don’t have anything to do with this photo but that are apropo to the current situation in Iraq. (ht Jules Crittenden)
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I know those who are wedded to the idea of a failed Iraq are calling me a deluded idiot and worse. But things are improving slowly. My relatives in Baghdad say there’s no comparison; things are much better than they were six months ago. They can visit friends in different areas and walk about the neighbourhood in the evening.

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Frankly, I don’t understand why so many mock us for wanting a future for Iraq. Is your hatred for George Bush so great that you prefer to see millions of civilians suffer just to prove him wrong?

It really comes down to this: you are determined to see Iraq become a permanent hellhole because you hate Bush. And we are determined to see Iraq become a success, because we want to live.

Iraq as a success will come to pass. One photo doesn’t make the win, all the latest news shows the trend. Not only do you want to live, but you have the American GI on your side! All our best to you Iraq.