Monday, October 15, 2007
What is critical is this: No one, absolutely no one who lives in a totalitarian society can even consider this "freedom" thing when under the heel of totalitarian rule (religion, tribe, generic thug, etc.). In a dictatorial environment, one spends one's time trying to survive, avoid being accused of something they never did and avoid real torture. Freedom is a luxury only available when security and safety and the rule of law are mostly in place.
Americans, with the surge, gave the Iraqis a chance. Iraqis are taking advantage of the recent stability unknown previously (Saddam was not safe). This breakthrough is one of many that have occurred in the past two months. It is a gross pity these achievements are not headlined everywhere.
For those who went through any business program, there is a concept called Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. In summary, once basic physical needs have been met, safety and security are required before anything else can be achieved. People need basics first - the Iraqis discovered this and realized their success was possible and the AQI bullies brought in from outside Iraq were not the way to go. The Iraqis are moving forward.