by Max Brantley
The big news is the failure of the military to track weapons intended for security forces.
But, somehow, this story more fundamentally illustrates how badly Bush misfigured that military might would make Iraq a beacon of freedom in the Middle East.
In today’s Iraq, with conservative religious parties and radical militias exerting growing influence over every aspect of life, even dancing is an act of bravery.
“Society is overwhelmed by these religious ideologies,” said Tariq Ibrahim, a male dancer in the Baghdad troupe, the Iraqi National Folklore Group. “Now a woman on the street without a head scarf attracts attention. What about a woman onstage dancing?”