The elections in Iraq were the first sign that people there were willing to take a risk for democracy in their country. That some are willing to actively defend their neighborhoods is even better. Not even the author's references to the sectarian position Dhia and his family implicitly have as Shiites, implying that this could turn into the Shiite-Sunni civil war many have been predicting, can diminish the positive essence of this event.
Good thing that the family had some AK-47's around so that this stand would be more likely successful. I understand that many homes have them these days. Some see that as a sad commentary on the state of life in Iraq, but the insurgency has made the "not need it" part of the adage less likely and the cost of "and not have it" very high indeed.
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