Some have hoped for years that fear, rage, despair and the death, violence and threat of violence from the insurgents would return them to power. Despite these threats the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, with the support of the coalition, are busy with the difficult, dangerous and uncertain task of forming new republics. They are going to work and to school.
Thanks to the military personnel and civilians in harm's way for their effort, courage and sacrifice, to their families who wait and worry for their safety, thanks to all.
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We have struggled with insurgents before. Back in the '60s, the president and his supporters said we were trying to protect the nation and the cause of liberty. His critics said he was a fool, a failure and a war monger. They said the insurgents initials stood for "Can't Stand Abe".
In August of 1863, Abraham Lincoln wrote to his supporters and critics."Peace does not appear as distant as it did. I hope it will come soon, and come to stay; and so come as to be worth the keeping in all future time. It will then have been proved that, among free men, there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; still, let us not be over-sanguine of a speedy final triumph. Let us be quite sober. Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result."