This seems like a success:
A one-day international conference in Brussels that brought together more than 80 countries and organizations has pledged its support for Iraq’s transitional government and its plans for political and judicial reform and economic reconstruction.
The idea behind the conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the United States, was for Iraq’s elected authorities to lay out their priorities for the country. The international community was then expected to say how it could help the Iraqis achieve their goals.
Although there were no concrete aid pledges, nations gave their moral support to the Iraqi government and promised full backing for its transition to democracy, independence and peace…
Iraqi officials promised to make progress in bringing Sunni Arabs into the transition process as they write a new constitution and hold general elections later this year. They also said that over time Iraq will be able to deal with the stubborn insurgency plaguing the country, but for now it still needs U.S. and international military support.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari sounded optimistic as the conference concluded.
“Today was a good day for Iraq. It was a successful day for Iraq and good news for the Iraqi people to see that the international community is coming together to stand by the process they are trying to initiate to build freedom and democracy,” he said.
Now it would be nice if the entire international community would provide some, uh, substantial help. And, mind you, any kind of help would be appreciated. You don’t even need to send your military. Apparently, we are even facing a shortage of accountants.