The one commonality that we have in common is free trade. It is the cement that now only binds the
bricks of civilization to produce goods and services, but more importantly it has the ability to cross over ethnicities, beliefs,
and International boarders with the sole result being a joint prosperity. It is what prosperity can bring, and the happier
lives it is associated with which makes free trade not as important as one beliefs, but allows those beliefs to flourish.
In the ends, not with standing the further implications which prosperity will bring, in which free trade engages a civilization
to grow to magnify itself.
In the course of conflict, ask yourself, what are you able to offer your children, and your children's children?
In the present ethos in which the blood and Iraqis and Americans are now both mixed in various cities / village streets, highways,
valleys, and hills of Iraq what is more noble. To build a civilization based upon the free trade, or the continuation
of more ancient traditions of inter - strife and conflicts?
In the view of the emerging technologies, which are themselves are a direct result of free trade societies,
the next few years will come even more dramatic advances. Ask yourselves, one and all in Iraq, how then will you
be able catch up while at the sametime being able to be self-dependent as a peoples ( note the plural ).
Look at the developements which are coming out of the technological machine of free trade, and look yourselves
in the mirror. What is your place in this real world of civilization ? Think out what you feel, believe,
and take this one sole advice.
Rebuild yourselves anew through a cooperative focus in fully reopening and securing the University of Baghdad,
and allow an academic accord of freedoms to exist in which your children, and then much later, their children can resolve
the real differences you have while you are constructing a rebuilt Baghdad and Iraq. Let your children's sense of idealisms
and search for truth be so liberated that hope will appear and Iraq can begin to become self-dependent by their resulting
and collective discoveries about themselves and others who call themselves Iraqis.
Roger Meredith Christian
ithaca, New York