America has restored religious freedom—one of the basic rights on which the U-S was founded, and one we hold dear—to Iraq . But there are troubling signs already that it might not take hold in a country that isn't used to the concept.
Almost a million pilgrims from around Iraq , Iran , and other countries are chanting, swaying, and even cutting their bodies in a ritual that was banned for decades under Saddam Hussein. These Shiite Moslems are converging on Karbala to a shrine honoring a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. About two-thirds of Iraq 's population is Shiite, but under Hussein, the minority Sunni branch of Islam's faithful pulled all the strings and held most all the offices.