Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Be Thankful

Yes, the war is dragging on, illegal immigration remains an unresolved issue, and health care worries are growing for many families. Gas prices are rising, house values are falling, and who knows how we'll all pay for our kids' college if it keeps getting more expensive? And we're being dragged through a campaign season so long and exhausting, it makes the OJ trial look like the good old days.

But here's the thing: Tens of thousands of Americans, as you read this, are in Iraq and Afghanistan doing what their country has asked of them. They will not sit with loved ones around the family table. They will not gather around the widescreen TV to play armchair quarterback. And they face a real enemy that is trying to kill them. Whether you support this war or not, these Americans are practicing one of the most honorable and demanding types of public service, and I think we should all be thankful for them.

The news from Iraq lately has been good. Attacks are down. Fatalities for troops and civilians are way down. In many places, by many accounts, shops are opening, children are playing, and people are going about their jobs and lives. Iraq is not at peace, but it is certainly more peaceful than it has been in quite some time.

Be thankful for that, too.

The challenges in Iraq remain immense, and the debate over what we should do next is as intense as ever. Fair enough. The debate can resume on Monday. The bitter words, heartfelt emotions, and accusations can fly again. But for now, despite our differences over the war, let's be thankful that life is better than it was a short time ago for so many Americans, Iraqis and others in that distant country.

- Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent

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