Wall epitomizes communication problems in Iraq

By Freedom Newspapers Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost has his neighbor say in the famous poem, “Mending Wall.” But his own sentiment — this is poetry so it’s open to interpretation — seems to be rather contrary: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling […]

Oil distribution shows hope for Iraqi reform

By Freedom Newspapers An agreement by the Iraqi cabinet on a draft of a new law to govern the distribution of oil revenues could be the most hopeful long-term sign in Iraq in a long time. The pact might reduce a great deal of the tension and resentment that feeds violence in that country, even […]

New Iraq strategy banks on influence we may not have

By Freedom Newspapers In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” […]

Letters to the Editor: Devil, child abuse not part of Wiccan religion

Regarding the Jan. 14 newspaper story about the Portales woman accused of killing her son because he had “the devil” in him: The story reported the suspect checked out books on Wicca from the library. This statement from District Attorney Matt Chandler flew in my face: “We believe the way some of the child abuse […]

President’s plan may be too late to salvage victory

By Freedom Newspapers Give President Bush some credit. In his speech Wednesday night he was sober and serious. He was willing to acknowledge past mistakes. He presented a plan to change U.S. strategy in Iraq that seems to take into account unpleasant realities on the ground. In short, he seemed to know that this plan […]

After long, brutal reign, Saddam executed

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Saddam Hussein was convicted for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. (MCT photo) The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into […]

Iraq Study Group fails to address main problem

By Freedom Newspapers The most impressive aspect of the report by the Iraq Study Group, or the Baker-Hamilton commission, created by Congress in March, is the assessment contained in the first 40 pages. It is a grim but essentially realistic assessment. It highlights the increasing levels of violence and the inability of the current “stay […]

Deployed troops request donations for Iraqi children

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Troops deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq have begun a campaign for donations of goodies troops in the field can give to Iraqi children. The items will be distributed by military personnel as they conduct missions to disarm explosive devices in the Iraqi countryside. The goal of the […]

Saddam death sentence may set example

By Freedom Newspapers One hopes that the death sentence imposed on former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by an Iraqi court will resonate most meaningfully in places like North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, and perhaps even in Iran. It cannot but help to focus the mind for people like Kim Jong Il, Robert Mugabe, the Castro brothers […]

Situation in Iraq not encouraging

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, […]