After the surprise handover of sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government took place today two days ahead of schedule, a move some Americans stretched into an expression of desperation, Iraqis would not countenance such cynicism. The AP reports that callers flooded the first independent talk-radio station in Iraq with expressions of joy and pride in their first opportunity for legitimate self-government in 35 years:
The callers clogged Radio Dijla’s telephone lines to congratulate interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, urging him to be strong, while warning insurgents against continued violence.
“I send my congratulations to all Iraqis and every Iraqi home,” a woman who identified herself as Um Yassin gushed, her voice choked with emotion. “I want to tell Dr. Allawi to be bold, to be strong. We need him to build up the army because we need them at a time like this.”
Her message was echoed by dozens on the day Prime Minister Allawi was given a letter transferring sovereignty back to the citizens of Iraq after about 14 months of coalition administration.
But in the midst of adulation for the new government, callers urged that all must be vigilant for insurgents seeking to sow more chaos in a country plagued by violence since Saddam Hussein (news – web sites)’s regime was toppled.
“I send all the Iraqi people my blessings,” said Ali, a caller from Baghdad. “But I warn these terrorists, all the Iraqis will rise up and strike them with steel.”
Wow … that doesn’t sound like a nation that doesn’t want to be free, that wants to be one with al-Qaeda and live in an Islamofascist theocracy. It sounds like a people who want to be free and who want to be rid of the Saddam remnants and foreign thugs who keep slaughtering their fellow citizens. In short, it sounds like a country that’s ready to fight for its liberty.
Sounds like we handed over sovereignty right on time.