Tyson and I flew into Newark airport after a long flight from Kuwait. But our journey is not over. We brought home a number of stories, photo packages and multimedia presentations that we will produce in the coming days.
I have always liked the Middle East, with its conflicted histories and deep-rooted passions. I have reported on three previous assignments from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, but never from Iraq or Kuwait. So this was a first. But what struck me about this assignment was something that always struck me before -- namely, that the people who live in that part of the world desperately want to create stable nations. So what's holding them up?
That is, perhaps, the essential question at the heart of every news event from this part of the world. It's a question that will surely continue to confound us.
I was reminded of that while sharing a ride to Kuwait with a U.S. translator who was born in Iraq but has escaped with her family to live in the United States. She has returned to Iraq because she wanted to try to lend a hand at improving her country. What I remember most from our conversation is this: "Iraq could be so nice," she said. "It could be the best in the Middle East."
Maybe someday. Stay tuned to this blog for more observations and more stories.