I guess we spend most of our time bemoaning the invasion and occupation, and depicting the horrors that came along with our intrusion into Iraqi lives. We rarely speak of any good that come from this choice of a violent solution. Here is a video and report that speaks of another viewpoint.
Iraqi Shia, under Sadaam, had been forbidden their once a year celebration of Ali, the prophet. In parts of Iraq they were heavily persecuted. With the coming of the occupation they have found new freedoms of religious expression that mean a great deal to them. The political freedom is not without value also, and this year's holiday comes just weeks before elections.
Here's Ali's report, the first video on the page: Ashura marches in Rumeitha
[CLICK TO ENLARGE: When I searched for a picture to accompany this article I found
most media coverage was of men beating themselves bloody with chains
and swords. Almost no pictures were of peaceful people marching to
Karbala in celebration of their faith. In fact the blood-letters make up only a small percentage of the marchers. Pictured here are thousands of peaceful Iraqi Shiite pilgrims gathered in front of Imam Hussein holy shrine on
January 19, 2008 in the holy Shiite city of Karbala about 70 miles
south of Baghdad, Iraq. About 2.5 million Shiite pilgrims marked the
last day of Ashura religious festival in the holy Shiite city of
Karbala . Ashura is the anniversary of the killing of Imam Hussein,
grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Ashura means the tenth day in Arabic.]