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Winds of change

| Monday, April 21, 2003

As the statue of Saddam Hussein was felled and paraded through the streets of Baghdad, many people recalled the 1989 images of German citizens hammering upon the Berlin Wall, misty-eyed as they were reunited with relatives and friends after decades of separation.

These dramatic images, the so-called "winds of change," will forever be symbolized as the death of oppression and suffering, and also the anticipated birth of a new territory of the people and for the people.

However, we should view these events as only the first piece of a very complex puzzle that will be difficult to assemble. Communism is still alive, and the fractured remnants of the former U.S.S.R. have not yet assembled as a peaceful region. Perhaps a decade from now we can judge today's decisions and if they were, indeed, the correct decisions.

The winds of change are ferocious but eventually diminish to a gentle breeze.

Theodore Lloyd Burkett

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