Friend, I salute you for you work in covering this war and cannot help but agree in general with the tone and focus of your dispatches. It is heartening to read the views of someone who "gets" it, all those basic human complexities of the war that would not even occur to the average citizen who has not been there.
I have to say though, that while US involvement may be winding down, it seems unlikely that the phase of significant violent conflicts in Iraq is really "over". The Iraqis' most important issues were always between themselves-- it is between themselves that they will ultimately sort them out. Currently, our presence constricts the actions of the parties involved, but we are indeed leaving; and progress towards real solutions may turn out to be insufficient.
Also, Al-Qaeda may not be as dead as we all hope. A brief look at their history shows a frighteningly resilient operational model.
We can hope and pray that Iraq's future conflicts will not equal the horror of many of her recent experiences.
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