‘Goodbye my most beautiful year…’
: Mohammad at Omar‘s Iraqi blog has a magnificent post heralding the close of 2003:
Good bye 2003, good bye my most beautiful year. I’ll grieve your end and sing your legend as long as I live.
You made my greatest dream come true.
I know that the coming years will bring all the good to my country, simply because we have put our feet on the right path.
The will of the good have achieved victory, and that is enough for me to be optimistic, but those will not be as special as you were
2003; the year of freedom.
Before you I was mute, and here goes my tongue praying for the best,
Before you I was hand-cuffed, and here are my hands free to write,
Before you my mind was tied to one thought and here I find wide horizons and greater thoughts,
Before you I was isolated, and here I join the wide universe.
I will never forget you; you broke the chains for my people….
: Ays adds:
The most important event in 2003 was the capture of SH, it was my dream and the dream of millions of Iraqis.