Friday, July 21, 2006

Hearing from an anonymous FSO in Baghdad

One who doesn't wonder WHY it's reported this way, but rather where the
reporting is AT ALL. You may have seen this in the news:

An average of more than 100 civilians per day were killed in Iraq last month, the highest monthly tally of violent deaths since the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations reported today.
It’s telling that the NYT article does not mention who is doing the killing. Omissions of that sort is what one could call a clue.

We come upon a rather interesting report that helps this clue lead to SOME notion of who is to blame:
11. Civilian casualties resulted mainly from bombings and drive-by
shootings, from indiscriminate attacks, in neighbourhood markets or petrol stations, or following armed clashes with the police and the security forces.
Freedom fighters, it seems. Call them “Minute Men” – dress them up any way you like, but they are miscreants willing to fight to that last involuntary civilian.

Of course this has been seen before, but who’s counting? Certainly not the New York Times who like many other are so busy taking a “stance” on the events that they no longer can be relied upon to substantively report news because they refuse to believe in the validity of facts that don’t fit their world view.

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