CNN.com - Iraqi PM to Congress: Baghdad wants to be regional stabilizer - July 26, 2006

The address given before Congress today by the newly affirmed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has given hope to many who see Iraq as America's most important ally in the Middle East. Speaking before a joint session, al-Maliki showed just how much the Iraqi political scene has matured since the fall of Baghdad in 2003, and in his carefully crafted address he made very candid and direct remakes on the failure of Islam to rise to the challenges laid before it by the realities of the modern world. In a manner uncharacteristic of Muslim politicians, the Prime Minister earnestly expressed his gratitude to the members of Congress, as well as family members of US servicemen that have given their lives in the last three years. If the entire Muslim world spoke with such a voice, united against terror, the Middle East would be much easier for American's to visit. That said, if the Israelis didn't act so belligerently it may be a little more enjoyable to live in the desert. If we don't change our Mid-East policy to reflect the reality of American self-interest, which is witnessing a free and mature Iraqi government emerge as our best friend in the region, bar-none.
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