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At the next site we have break a window and kick in a door to enter. When the women and children emerge, however, Sergeant Green recognizes a player from a soccer team the base is sponsoring. “Hey, my soccer buddy,” he says, and once again there are no arrests.
Finally, at the last house, there are three men in their 20s who automatically become prime suspects. (Indeed, it sometimes seems the whole purpose may be to round up every 22-year-old male in the province.) Again one of the young men goes limp after a few questions — a sure sign, everyone says, that he has something to hide. We take him in.
AND SO OUR NIGHT’S WORK draws to a close. As we walk back to the humvees, the dawn is breaking. Across the quiet cityscape comes the haunting ululation of a muzzein calling the people to prayer — a 5:30 a.m. ritual that begins every Muslim morning. From a house next door a cock crows.
As we head back to the police station a thought strikes me. “You know, you better be careful,” I tell my escort. “One of these nights somebody’s going to set you up a false lead and plant a land mine in front of the house on one of these dirt roads.”
“You know, the same thing occurred to me last week,” he says. “I’m going to bring it up at the briefing.”
And so the battle to win the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq continues. Progress is painfully slow. Victory is far ahead. Many more will certainly die in the process.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?