Politics, fair warning:
RJ Lippincott makes a point about President Bush's visit to Iraq. Apparently a protester threw two shoes at him.
Today in Iraq an individual stood up and committed a dramatic act of protest.
The protester is still alive. He was not killed, he was not tortured, he was not imprisoned, and as I write these words he is a free man.
Odds are pretty good that at the moment he was taking off his shoes, the protester knew for certain that when all was said and done, he would neither be killed, nor tortured, nor imprisoned.
This is the measure of our success in Iraq. That someone felt free to speak out against the leader of a powerful nation without fear of immediate (and possibly final) retribution. The Iraqis are still working the bugs out, and probably will be for years to come. They'll ask us to leave soon, and maybe have some setbacks. But even if only for a short while, they got to practice freedom instead of keeping your head down, instead of going along to get along, instead of fearing to take initiative because if the big boss didn't like what you did, you'd be killed (and possibly all your family along with you). Instead of waiting for orders or to be told what to think, somebody thought for himself and acted on it.
This will be President Bush's legacy. And it's a good legacy.