19 November 2007

Page A-14

I think America is the only country in world history that reverse-propagandizes itself, magnifying its setbacks and ignoring its successes. The media of today would of had us out of WWII months after D-Day after the set-backs progressing past the beachhead in the hedges. What would our world be like today...

When U.S. troop deaths hit a monthly high in April this year, it was front page news in most major newspapers. But when U.S. Soldier deaths fell in October to their lowest levels in 17 months, that news was buried on page A-14 of the Washington Post and on A-12 in the New York Times.

AND: Al-Qaeda's support in the Muslim world has plummeted, partly because of the terror group's lack of success in Iraq, more because al-Qaeda's attacks have mostly killed Muslim civilians. They have been run out of Baghdad, partly by there own sect (Sunni).

Since the last soldiers of the 'surge' deployed last May, Baghdad has undergone a remarkable transformation: No longer do the streets empty at dusk. Liquor stores and cinemas have reopened for business. Some shops stay open until late into the evening. Children play in parks, young women stay out after dark, restaurants are filled with families and old men sit at sidewalk cafes playing backgammon and smoking shisha pipes.

We've won the war in the real Iraq, but few people in America are familiar with anything other than its make-believe version from our own media.

1 comment:

Emily said...

Unfortunately, the papers only publish what will sell. Also, it's kind of hard for the liberals to push their withdrawal agenda if there is good news coming from Iraq. It would blow their theory out of the water. I enjoy reading your posts because I feel like the only way I will get the real news is to read it from the Men and Women on the front lines. Keep up the good work!!!