The Washington Post writes up an interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice:
Arguing that Iraq shows signs of becoming an inclusive state — it even “declared Christmas a national holiday” — Rice said that if the country eventually emerges as a democratic, multiethnic state that has friendly ties with the United States, “that will be more important than what anybody thought in 2002 or 2003.”
My colleague Amanda Terkel observes that here in the US we don’t meet Rice’s standard of inclusiveness. Christmas is a national holiday, of course, but this is a majority Christian country. Religious minority groups get no federal holidays for our key religious observances. Nevertheless, one suspects that in the ways that matter the US is still a more inclusive country than Rice’s Mesopotamian paradise.