Tuesday, September 30, 2003

READ THIS IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE TODAY

These days, I turn off both ears when I know I'm about to hear "news from Iraq". Virtually every news source in the world seems only interested in reporting on the "daily death". With all the reporters on the ground over there, you'd think they could tell us what's really going on. The quality of the reporting in that regard is no better than reading the weekly newspaper published in most US small towns, where the only interesting thing is reading the police blotter and discovering your next door neighbor got a ticket for running a stop sign. It's that pathetic.

Occasionally, a real story will creep out into the light of day. Today is such a day and this is a story you must read about the Iraqi people and the "real" news.

A tidbit: (A) lot of journalists are using the same guides and translators that they used before the war, because they know them. They don't seem to realise that those people were carefully selected by the regime because of their loyalty to Saddam's line. So most journalists are getting a totally distorted picture.

Gee, what a surprise!

There is also another positive story -- and from all places, Lebanon. This story echoes the same message -- argue if you will about the war itself, but then ask yourself whether the Iraqi people are much, much better off now than before.


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