Saturday, November 12, 2005 Page A21
Baghdad -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came to Iraq to call for unity and support for the democratic process. Yet the secrecy and heavy security surrounding her visit spoke volumes about how far the country must go on its road to normalcy.
As has become customary for U.S. officials, Ms. Rice entered Baghdad yesterday by helicopter, not by car along an airport road notorious for insurgent attacks.
Ms. Rice resorted to somewhat ominous tones to stress that political success in Iraq is in everyone's interest. "If Iraq does not succeed, and if Iraq becomes a place of despair, generations of Americans would also be condemned to fear," she said after meeting with local politicians.