Reporting "the Good News" from Iraq
A Pulp Friction Rant
The neo-con Bushistas are constantly complaining that the media fails to report the good news happening in Iraq.
Perhaps it's because if Bush hadn't started a war with a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, any good news in Iraq would be totally irrelevant to the American public.
Let me give you some examples:
Consider if America was not at war with Iraq...
-If the Iraqis were without electricity for an extended period of time and they somehow restored it, would Joe Sixpack of America give a shit?
-If an elementary school was built in Falluja, would that make the news in America? Hell, if a new elementary school was built in San Antonio, it wouldn't make the news in Austin!
-If there was no insurgent violence in Karbala for three days, would anyone in Rochester, New York care?
-If, before the war, the Sunni and Shia representatives went on a picnic and toasted each other with pomegranate juice, would anyone in Florida feel a need to know that?
The fact is, before Bush attacked Iraq, nobody in America could even name a city in Iraq besides maybe Baghdad.
Like the rest of those God-forsaken hellholes in the region, Americans didn't consider Iraq a tourist destination, or a region they'd ever have any cause to visit. In short, Americans didn't have one iota of interest in Iraq.
Before Bush made Saddam Hussein a target of his hatred and venom, most Americans thought he was just another average Middle Eastern dictator, a savage whose ass George H.W. Bush kicked soundly during The Gulf War.
The fact is, Bush would love for the media to spread messages of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows about ordinary things happening in Iraq so the American people would believe that Bush's invasion made sense.
If you could decide whether a new elementary school in Falluja was worth the lives of more than 2,000 American soldiers and more than $500 billion American dollars, would you say we should go for it?
Iraq is and has always been a state filled with violent extremists, held together only by a dictator more rabid than the average street fighter. Removing the only stabilizing force in Iraq has shown us that Iraq is a region best left to its own insanity.
There is no good news in Iraq, and there won't be until the last American soldier is pulled out of that shithole.