Funny how this kind of story wasn't being reported before the election:
For Mustafa, one of 2,000 Iraqi soldiers fighting alongside U.S. troops for control of this insurgent-occupied city, the battle for Fallujah was personal. If the fighters continue to control Iraqi cities, there will be no future for him, his children or his wife of 10 weeks.
. . . "I want my wife to go shopping without fear. This is the goal of this operation, to help the Iraqis get rid of fear. It is worth it to be away from home."
[. . .]
"Don't look to the destruction," a soldier standing next to Mustafa said. "Look at the future of the city without terrorists."
That underscores a point that many of us bloggers have been trying to make for a long time about wider strategic value of the war in Iraq: Don't look at the destruction. Look at the future of a greater Middle East without terrorists.