No news is good news, they say. Well, actually in America, when it has to do with Iraq, good news is no news. As the surge has helped to dramatically improve the lot of Iraqis all across the country, the American media has grown not-so-strangely-for-them more silent about the topic of Iraq.
Meanwhile, Fallujah feels comfortable enough--now that al Qaeda is on its heels--to hold a bike race.
December 3, 2007 -- About 150 students wearing colorful T-shirts competed in a bicycle race last week in Fallujah, an unimaginable event a year ago in what was once an al Qaeda hotbed and one of Iraq's most dangerous cities.
The city's police chief fired the starting shot to set the students from 15 intermediate and secondary schools off on the 5-kilometer race across the town, 30 miles west of Baghdad.
Scores of families lined the streets to watch the race and milled around the riders to congratulate them after the race.
"This proves that the security situation in Fallujah is very good," said Col. Faisel Ismael, head of the city's police.
"This is the beginning of good things in Fallujah."
Haitham Abdul-Razek raised his arms in the air as he crossed the finish line to win a $1,135 cash prize and a trophy.
"Bring the trophy! Bring it," some students chanted after the race, echoing a popular song among Iraqis after their national soccer team won the Asian Cup this year.
"Even though I did not win, I am happy that Fallujah's name was held up high today," said 17-year- old Marwan Khoedeiri, adding that he was not scared to compete, because of the security provided by police and army.
God bless the people of Fallujah and their fellow Iraqis. May they continue to enjoy ever increasing peace and prosperity.