Friday, February 04, 2005


What The SAEN Won't Tell You:

Once again the SAEN reports doom and gloom from Iraq, this time on the front page in a story headlined "Iraq terrorists get back to their deadly business." What the SAEN won't report is that Iraqis are starting to fight back. I am not talking about the brave Iraqis that join the Iraqi National Guard or police, but normal, every day Iraqis. This story comes from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
The Iraqi police have investigated a case in the village of al-Mudhariya, which is just south of Baghdad. The villagers there say that before the election insurgents came and warned them that if they voted in last weekend's election, they would pay.

Now the people of this mixed village of Sunni and Shia Muslims, they ignored the threat and they did turn out to vote.

We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents' car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.

Does anyone else think it is silly that we have to go to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. for the full story because our local paper ignores good news in Iraq?
Geez, there's just no pleasing you, Commando.
I thought you'd be happy that they used the word "terrorist" in a headline instead of insurgents. But instead you complain that the story doesn't talk about some incident that happened four days ago in order to "balance" the reports of violence that occurred today.
I notice that the Australian radio site that you link to uses the word insurgents in their headline rather than terrorists.
I was thrilled that the SAEN actually used the word “terrorist,” even if it was only in the headline of the story. You can’t tell me that the story of regular Iraqis fighting back against the terrorist is not newsworthy and it is absurd that the SAEN ignores stories like this in order to keep their coverage overwhelmingly negative. My work is not yet done.

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