The decision by the Bush administration and the interim Iraqi government to transfer sovereignty Monday rather than Wednesday was a brilliant move that bodes well for Iraq's future.
By transferring power a couple of days early, the Iraqi leadership derailed plans by insurgents and terrorists to disrupt the ceremonies. Violence in the country had increased following the announcement that the transfer of power would take place on June 30, as insurgents and terrorists sought to prevent the situation in Iraq from moving toward normalcy.
But Iraqi sovereignty is now a done deal, and the Iraqi leadership has the legitimacy of sovereignty behind it. Now the Iraqi troops and Iraqi police fighting the insurgents and terrorists are fighting for their own country, their own government.
The statements of the Iraqi leadership following Monday's transfer of power underscored the importance of the event to the Iraqi people.