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Walkingstick: The compass of the world is heading towards Iraq

Abadi receives envoy of Merkel and Lebanese Defense Minister

Baghdad / Al-Sabah

The global diplomatic compass has moved towards Iraq to reaffirm its importance and influential role in the course and future of the region and the world.

Delegates coming from the east and west of the land to Baghdad (capital of peace) welcomed the Iraqi victories over terrorism and affirmed their desire to open up prospects for cooperation in all fields.

During the past two days, the capital witnessed a high-level international and Arab diplomatic movement. Algeria, which sent its Foreign Minister at the head of a high-ranking delegation, confirmed during his meetings with the three presidencies that the victory of the Iraqis gave great hope to stability in the region.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi also received in his office Wednesday the envoy of German Chancellor Eckhard Proze and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them in all fields, in addition to the war on terrorism and support for Iraq in various sectors. He congratulated Dr. Haider al-Abadi on the victories achieved on terrorism and the liberation of Mosul, stressing his country’s support for Iraq in the economic field, restoring stability and establishing projects in the province of Basra, as well as cooperation in the fields of opening hospitals and treatment centers for wounded.

Abadi also met with Lebanese Defense Minister Yacoub Riyad Al-Sarraf, who praised the Iraqi forces, their courage and their victories over the terrorist gangs.

Baghdad is to host Jordan’s foreign minister on Thursday, followed by an Iranian minister to discuss the issue of joint cooperation, while the defense minister discussed with his Lebanese counterpart relations and military cooperation between the two countries. Abadi also met with Lebanese Defense Minister Yacoub Riyad Al-Sarraf, who praised the Iraqi forces, their courage and their victories over the terrorist gangs. Baghdad is to host Jordan’s foreign minister on Thursday, followed by an Iranian minister to discuss the issue of joint cooperation, while the defense minister discussed with his Lebanese counterpart relations and military cooperation between the two countries.

Abadi also met with Lebanese Defense Minister Yacoub Riyad Al-Sarraf, who praised the Iraqi forces, their courage and their victories over the terrorist gangs. Baghdad is to host Jordan’s foreign minister on Thursday, followed by an Iranian minister to discuss the issue of joint cooperation, while the defense minister discussed with his Lebanese counterpart relations and military cooperation between the two countries.

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OptimusPrime:  I heard my pastor tell this story several years back…

Some scientists wanted to test the reactions of an optimistic child, and a pessimistic child for a study they were doing on human behavior. They found their subjects.

They put the pessimistic child in a room filled with all the newest toys and games. They put the optimistic child in a room filled with horse manure… they left them for a few hours then came to interview each child.

The pessimistic child was first. They watched in a window as he threw toys across the room, and knocked games off of the tables acting clearly annoyed with the whole situation. During the interview, they asked how he liked being in a room filled with all the newest toys and games.. he replied.. “IT SUCKED!! the parts on the toys would break.. the batteries died… and the games became too hard or boring !! I want to go home!”

Then they went to the optimistic child and watched through the window as they seen the child digging and flinging the manure all over.. totally covered as if he was on a mission.. they opened the door and gave him the interview. They asked.. how did you like being put in a room filled with horse manure. the child looked and smiled and said ” with all this horse poop around … there HAS to be a PONY in here somewhere!!!! can I go back in and keep looking?”

Now I thought the story was funny at the time.. but it struck a cord inside me… and often when life seems to throw its problems at us.. I smile.. and tell my wife.. “THERE HAS TO BE A PONY IN HERE SOMEWHERE!”

in life I find myself watching people … imagining.. are they in a room with all the newest toys and gadgets and find themselves agitated and restless?? or are they digging through all of life’s crap with a smile on their face looking for the pony??  ive found myself in BOTH places lol.. it just helps me to keep my balance….and to be honest.. life seems to be more content when im looking for the pony… just saying.

Just out of curiosity… where do you see yourself?

Thanks to all who work so hard to supply us with both the new toys.. and the horse manure
Thoughts and prayers for all who are needing and hurting.

Have a great day family!