American Idols

Iraqis invade Dallas

with singing and soccer

"We didn't know what to expect, but it's been wonderful," said Jolyne Doyle, who hosted two players at her home in McKinney. "They're so humble and caring. They might care about the politics, but we didn't talk about it. With all they've been through, it was nice just to sit back and let them be comfortable having a good time."

Goooooooooal! The Iraqis spent a week grinning, from their tour of City Hall, to their sweet suite seats at a Mavericks game to even playing a game of one-touch on the pristine, marble floors of the Hotel Intercontinental.

After a week in Dallas, the Iraqis still don't appreciate a blond hottie unless she's wrapped in a burqa. But at least for a few moments they learned it's possible to be not only happy in America but also at peace.

Dallas is nothing like home, and that's a good thing.
Steve Satterwhite
Dallas is nothing like home, and that's a good thing.

At their final game one of the team's managers wore a T-shirt featuring an American bald eagle framed in Arabic language.

"It means," said an interpreter, cueing the goose bumps, "freedom."

Maybe now we can unfurl Bush's premature proclamation: "Mission Accomplished."

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