Misery and courage in Iraq
Looking at the Freedom Network, which David mentioned below, I was reminded that
"The original meaning of the word free in Celtic and Germanic is dear or beloved. The word friend comes from the same root word. (Oxford English Dictionary) This early meaning of free suggests that freedom is something we want for people we care about and that we can never achieve it alone.
Freedom is created, sustained, and protected in community by people who believe in fair play, try to tell the truth, appreciate reason, and respect each other. (At the very least we trust that our fellow citizens will refrain from doing wrong and that if they do, they will be held to account.) Creating a free country is difficult. It requires enormous courage."
The Iraqi people are courageous, but they are being relentlessly attacked.