Peggy Noonan writes a lovely little piece tying together many of the ceremonial sights and sounds of the new year: New Years Eve, Gerald Fords funeral, and Nancy Pelosis ascension to power. The substance of them aside, what about the ceremonies themselves? The ceremonies that unite us as a people and what they say about us as a people . . . these things deserve comment. She did not note this, but I could not help but wonder about the difference between these ceremonies of joviality, nobility, and civility and the ceremony of execution that took place last week in Iraq. If Iraqis want to know how far they have to come, contrasting these things would be a good place to start.