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Iraq Today; Before and After the War

Mike Sullivan sends a report on Iraq by Geraldo Rivera. Here is an excerpt: "They have a saying in the news business, "Reporters don't report buildings that don't burn." When I got to Baghdad, I barely recognized it," he began, comparing his just-completed trip to two others he made during and just after the battle to topple Saddam. "You have over 30,000 Iraqi cops and militiamen already on the job. This is four months after major fighting stopped. "Can you imagine that kind of gearing up in this country? Law and order is better; archaeological sites are being preserved; factories, schools are being guarded."

But what about the secondhand griping that the media have been so efficiently relating about power, water and other infrastructure? If I hear one more person mock that "Mission Accomplished" banner beneath which President Bush thanked a shipload of sailors and Marines a few months back, I'm going to spit. That was a reference to the ouster of Saddam's regime, and that mission was indeed accomplished, apparently to the great chagrin of the American left. Let us hear no more Vietnam comparisons. They do not equate. What I hope to hear is more truth, even if we have to wrench it from the mouths of the media and political hacks predisposed to bash the remarkable job we are doing every day in what was not so long ago a Totalitarian wasteland.

The vast majority of Iraqis are very happy to have us there... I would like to see a bit more balance. This needs to be reported to the American Public who are presently being duped. I expect the dominant media culture to nitpick Bush, and Democrats to blast him with reckless abandon. But when that leads to the willful exclusion of facts that would shine truthful light on the great work of the American armed forces, that level of malice plumbs new depths... some call it; TREASON".

Rivera works for Fox News. I personally do not know anyone who felt great chagrin that Saddam had been overthrown. The word "treason" is exaggerated. Blame the public, which the media serve. It is the public which is not interested in peaceful developments. When there is an important international conference, TV does not provide a careful analysis of the discussions, which the public would turn off, but shows pictures of the crazies protesting in the streets. It has been said that every country gets the government it deserves. Every country gets the news it deserves.

Ronald Hilton - 11.02.03