01 September, 2007

Haifa Street

Nine months ago and more, "Haifa" was a word synonymous with failure, anarchy, and death. Here's a report of a more recent visit to the Baghdad neighborhood:

Smiling at the hubbub on the cafe patio and the laughter from the kids splashing in the shallows, Maj. Shoupe shook his head in wonder.

"When we came down here in January," he told me, "the only people we saw in the streets were shooting at us."

A snapshot of Baghdad... Just a snapshot. But as the sheer volume of snapshots of success builds, the larger picture becomes clearer...