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Monday, October 24, 2005

A Media Blitz

Insurgents Step Up Lethal Attacks in Iraq
By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suspected insurgents opened fire at two civilian cars Monday in Baghdad, killing three municipal workers and a passer-by as police said stepped up attacks over the last two days have killed at least 44 Iraqis.

Meanwhile, the toll among American service members killed in the Iraq war was approaching 2,000 dead, with the announcement of a Marine killed Sunday during fighting in western Iraq.

In addition, the bodies of eight Iraqis who apparently were kidnapped and killed in captivity were found in the capital on Monday, police said.

The Marine, who was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed by small arms fire in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. The death raised to at least 1,997 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Monday's worst attack occurred in southwestern Baghdad when suspected insurgents opened fire at two civilian cars, killing three of the municipal workers they were carrying and a passer-by, said police Capt. Talib Thamir.

A suicide car bomber killed two Iraqis and wounded five in an attack on a police patrol in the northeastern neighborhood of Shaab, where insurgents had kidnapped and murdered a defense lawyer in Saddam Hussein's trial last week, said police Lt. Malik Sultan.

Insurgents also opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing a soldier and a girl who was standing in front of her nearby house, said police 1st. Lt. Thaeir Mahmod.
In two other attacks in the capital, a drive-by shooting killed one policeman and two others were wounded by a roadside bomb, authorities said.
In Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded at 8:30 a.m. near a car carrying Ibrahim Zangana, a senior member of Iraq's Kurdish Democratic Party, seriously wounding him and killing one of his bodyguards, said Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir, the commander of Kirkuk's police force.
A drive-by shooting in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, killed a policeman.
On Sunday, more than 33 Iraqis died in a swell of violence in Iraq, including 12 laborers, five of them brothers, who were gunned down by insurgents at a construction site outside the city of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, police said.
With high unemployment in Iraq, men often commute long distances to find jobs as day laborers in cities.
The corpses of the eight Iraqis _ five men and three women _ also were found in three different areas of Baghdad on Monday, police said. All of them apparently had been kidnapped, tied up or handcuffed, and shot to death.

Insurgents also fired mortar rounds that set fire to an oil pipeline in northern Iraq, wounding two Iraqi soldiers, said soldier Hussein Ghadban Al Ubaidi. The pipeline is one of many that link an oil field in Kirkuk to Iraq's largest oil refinery in Beiji. Such attacks in the north are common.
Shaab, where the suicide car bomb exploded on Monday, is the area of Baghdad where 10 gunmen wearing police and military uniforms on Thursday kidnapped Sunni Arab Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, one of the defense lawyers in the trial of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, and seven former officials from Saddam's Sunni-dominated regime.
Al-Janabi _ the lawyer for Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former head of Saddam's Revolutionary Court _ was taken from his office in the Shaab area, and hours later his tortured and bullet-ridden body was found on a sidewalk by the Fardous Mosque in the nearby Ur neighborhood.
The 12 remaining Saddam trial defense lawyers have since rejected an offer from the Interior Ministry for better security, demanding protection from American officials instead.

There's more in the article but that's all I care to copy.

This article from the Associated Press is what confronted me on my homepage when I signed onto the net this morning. It's not the first and I'm sure not the last time. I am so sick and tired of the way the media reports on the war. Reading this, one would get the impression that our Military isn't doing a damn thing that's any good. Or doing anything but getting killed. If one doesn't read the Milblogs and only gets information from the MSM, it's no wonder that this country is in such a turmoil. But what really grates me is that most people don't even try to look beyond what is in the newspapers or on their TV. Doom, gloom and chaos is most of what one hears from the media. I know, "if it bleeds, it leads". I just don't understand how they are getting away with their spin, their agenda of making this Administration look bad and our soldiers look inept. I'm not a particular fan of President Bush and I know that there have been mistakes made in this war. Always in war there are mistakes. But this goes beyond reporting the news and it's a dangerous path to take.
So rarely do we see reporters reporting on all that's working in Iraq - The economy starting to move forward, the medical treatment so many Iraqis are getting, the schools being built and the children back in school, areas becoming neighboroods again and not terrorist strongholds.
Wouldn't it be great to see some balanced reporting for a change? Yes, we need to know what's going on but let us know the good as well as the bad. It seems to me that whenever there aren't enough car bombings or casualities, the Abu Ghraib story is taken out and run - again.
OK, you may not agree with the US being in Iraq or Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan? We have soldiers there too and the only thing we're hearing about lately is the story about burning bodies that apparently isn't even known to be verified. ) You don't have to agree with the war, but we're there and we have to finish what was started. Seems to me that we should, as a Country, be supporting our Troops that are doing this job. We have seen how inept reporting (Newsweek, for one example) can be hazardous and get people killed. We hear about every "bad" thing that a few soldiers do, over and over again but do we hear much about positive things that most soldiers do? No. I guess positive doesn't sell or further the Administration Bashing going on in this country. And that is so sad to me. I was raised with the knowledge that this country is as great as it is in large part due to the heroic efforts of our Military. (And an aside to the Officials in the Government - you are as great as you are in large part due to the Military efforts so start getting on the ball and take better care of our Veterans!)
Well, I have had it! Journalism in the 21st Century seems to be losing it's integrity and with that will go any respect for the institution. That saddens me also. Freedom of the Press is also an important part of this Country's greatness. But again we have to come to the concept so many seem to be forgetting in these times, and that is with Freedom comes Responsibility. Just because you can, doesn't always mean you should. Thought should be given to any and all consequences that may come from one's actions. This applies to every facet of life. The Media should not be exempt. Neither should the Government be exempt.
I can only hope that enough people in this country begin to see the slippery slope we're headed down and start to make accountability in our affairs a standard by which we choose to live.