Signs of progress in Iraq

If the business of central banking may occasionally seem a touch hairy in Iraq, it isn't all bad. Although Faleh Salman, the man who has now been confirmed as governor of the central bank by the American interim administration, was the hapless victim of a drive-by shooting last week, he auspiciously escaped unscathed. And in other respects things are beginning to look up.

The central bank has not only now been granted independence for the first time in a long while, but a new batch of Saddam