Monday, November 12, 2007

Lights! On In Baghdad

How did I miss this? I had the television on. Wow. Here it says that the lights are on in Baghdad.

MOST of Baghdad’s street lamps went on last week for the first time in years. It
was a small improvement in the quality of life, but in the twinkling light the
Iraqi capital looked a little less menacing and a lot more familiar.

Violence has been waning. I haven't heard much about that either.

Last spring US troops were dying at a rate of 110 a month. Last month the figure
was 38. Civilian deaths are down from 2,076 last January to 758 last month. More
than 46,000 Iraqi refugees returned to their homes during October,

Whether or not you support the war effort or even think we should have been there in the first place, one would think we might have heard something given how much "coverage" the Iraq situation receives. That is unless there really is an anti-U.S. agenda. Hmmmmm.

Just a thought.

h/t Tom Bowler


At 7:02 AM, Anonymous mark said...

Actually, coverage of the waning violence, at least in the last month, has been quite prevalent. I have read it many times. Perhaps you are seeing things through glasses tainted with anti-media sentiments. We see what we want to see, of course.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

No, just referring to network television. Although, I'm sure my glasses have become semi-tainted when the main stream media is concerned.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Beautiful thing, that waning violence, ain't it?


At 5:32 PM, Anonymous mark said...

It definitely is a nice thing, if it can be sustained. Time will tell. I am not holding my breath.

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Here's another point the major networks glanced over: 80% of attacks on US forces are now perpetrated by Shiites. Total attacks are down but a political solution is far removed as the dynamic shifts from Ali to Muhammad. Washington now appears to favor Anbar over Baghdad. It can't do math. Any solution that favors Sunnis over Shia will be undemocratic and volatile.


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