"Yes we have our fears, and who doesn't have fears. But our love for life is stronger," writes Mohammed of Iraq the Model in a New Year's message of hope from the Garden of Eden:
This is the land of the first law in history
I still find my home in Iraq . . . it's still the best place in the world in my eyes
I will not waste a minute listening to the pessimists
Instead, I will add a brick to the house we're building
And I will write a word . . . and pray.
I will pray for the ones who fought for the Iraqi freedom
I will pray for the hundreds of thousands who won't spend the night with their families, staying awake on the front line to keep me safe
I will pray for the ones who gave their lives for the sake of others' wellbeing
I will pray for those who went through all the pains
And never lost hope
I will pray for a free and democratic Iraq
I will pray for the world's peace.
A life-affirming message to give pause to the nihilism of both moral-equivalency post-modernists and medievalist jihadi that David Warren -- blogged here -- calls "the splinter in the heart of our modernity; it rejects everything, it proposes, finally, nothing in its place."