Brilliant, Iraq has won the Asian Football Cup by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Jakarta.
Hero of the day was Captain Younis Mahmoud whose header in the 71st minute sealed victory for the Iraqis.
But barbarism is yet to be defeated. As Iraq progressed through the tournament and normal people celebrated their nation's victories the ever present sowers of human misery were doing their thing.
Still things have improved, as this 2002 article from ESPN on the perils of being an Iraqi sportsman when Uday Hussein was president of the Iraqi National Olympic Committee reminds us.
All in all a good result for Iraq and sport in general.