As we cherish Independence Day, well overdue is a renewed perspective on the long road to freedom our forefathers began traveling in 1776. Our liberty is always being tested, protected, eroded and checked. Yet, the Supreme Court still needed to remind us this week that America's core principles of justice apply to all under our jurisdiction - even enemy combatants. Iraq's journey deserves the same patience. To believe in human nature and America is to know that most Iraqis also want to finally escape religious persecution and rise out of the suffocation of a century of colonialism and dictatorship.