On a related note: Despite the insurgency, the resentment toward U.S. and British troops, and the uncertainty of day-to-day life in Iraq, there are many Iraqis who are bravely and actively working for a better future. Several such people -- women who are working as armed guards for a security firm -- were profiled recently in The Washington Times. Not to bring in a note of frivolity, but I found this passage particularly heartwarming:
"I used to watch action movies when I was a kid, I loved them," laughed Xena, a conservative Muslim who chose her pseudonym from the film character, Xena the Warrior Princess. "My favorite actor is [Jean-Claude] Van Damme."
Xena lives! Let's hear it for female empowerment.