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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


The Right often states, the The Left dwells on the negative aspects of the Iraq War, and little if any attention is ever brought to the progress that is being made. Well, I must concede, there is success in Iraq...

Where politicians and a draft constitution have failed, a television show has succeeded. Iraqis are united in their enthusiasm for a local version of Australian Idol. Iraq Star has become a television phenomenon since it began six weeks ago, and more than 2000 hopefuls have risked the country's dangerous roads to audition for a chance at a career in pop music.

The show is watched by about half of Iraq's TV viewing audience when broadcast at 9 o'clock every night. Producer Wadia Nader admitted surprise at its success. "We have people coming from across the provinces to audition who say that everyone they know is watching it and talking about those who appear," he said. Nader believes Iraq Star offers much-needed respite from the strains of daily life in the struggling nation racked by power cuts, water shortages and constant threat of death. However, security fears mean there is no studio audience and the final will be held in Lebanon to avoid being targeted by bombers.

Please forgive me for not drawing attention to this stunning achievement of Democracy sooner.

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