Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Note to the MSM

Want to know why most of us think you are biased and uninformed?

Read this and weep for the customers you have lost or alienated.

A 28 year old local understands what the MSM seemingly cannot understand.

That rather than civil war in an uncivilized Arab backwater, we have instead a proxy war being fought for the future of Iraq. That the "insurgents" the MSM seems to cheerlead on with every atrocity are not Iraqis, and they fight for nothing but the future of Iran and the Mullahs and Despots in Syria.

But then, if they told you that, it would be tantamount to an admission that Bush might have been right, that the war involves far more than Iraq, and indeed it is for the very soul of the West. If we lose in Iraq, make no mistake, our enemies will see nothing but victory in their path, and frankly, they would be right.


Sunni vs. Shiite, or rather, Iran vs. Iraq?

Posted by Adrienne Mong, NBC News Producer (08:28 am ET, 03/ 7/06)

Hussein* is back in the bureau this week, looking genial even though he’d just buried his cousin. His young cousin was one of the twenty-odd people killed in a bombing in Hurriya, in northwestern Baghdad, last week.

We learned the news while working late on a Nightly News story the night of the bombing. Hussein rang us to say he was in Kadhimiya Hospital, where he had just seen the remains of his cousin.

A Shiite, Hussein is one of our roving producers/cameramen. His cousin, a 28 year old Sunni, lived in Hurriya with his wife and two children. He was shopping for groceries when the bomb ripped through the market.

With the help of one of our translators, Hussein told me a little about the funeral in Hurriya which drew a mix of both Sunnis and Shiites.

"When the mourners – they are all Sunni, this is their tradition at funerals - broke into song," said Hussein, "the people in the neighboring mosque, who are Shia, surrounded us to protect everyone against any possible attacks."

This kind of solidarity, Hussein and our translator claim, is the norm. Not the sectarian killings we’ve seen on the rise in Iraq.

"You know, this violence between the Sunni and the Shia, many of us Iraqis believe it’s the work of Iranians," said Hussein. "We had an eight year war with them. There is a long history of not liking each other."

According to Hussein, many ordinary Iraqis believe the Iranian government is behind the violence in their country. "Iran wants to make Iraq unstable, less safe," says Hussein. "If it’s not safe and the Americans are trying to keep things calm, then they are too busy to focus on Iran and the nuclear situation."

Read the rest here....


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