People who don't think the Iraqis' fight for liberty is worthy probably won't appreciate the larger story, either -- but 2005 has been a good year for freedom. And the best news:
Of the nine countries that improved their ratings, no fewer than six are Muslim countries. Indonesia moved from "partly free" to "free," while Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania and the Palestinian Authority moved from "not free" to "partly free." Of the four countries that became less free in 2005, none was a Muslim country.
The world is moving in the right direction. Let's be on the right side of history.