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Mainstream Media, in a Desperate Attempt to Report only Bad News in Iraq, Laments the Plight of the Iraqi Cemetery Worker

The mainstream media has outdone itself in its attempt to only publish bad news in Iraq. Now faced with the overwhelming evidence that the death toll in Iraq has in fact significantly dropped McClatchy spins this great news this way:

At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn't good.

A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.

Few people have a better sense of the death rate in Iraq .

"I always think of the increasing and decreasing of the dead," said Sameer Shaaban, 23, one of more than 100 workers who specialize in ceremonially washing the corpses. "People want more and more money, and I am one of them, but most of the workers in this field don't talk frankly, because they wish for more coffins, to earn more and more."

They must have looked long and hard in order to find such a negative spin on such great news about the Iraq war.

I love Rob Port's post headline for this story: Peace breaks out in Iraq, grave diggers hit the hardest.

Update: On a similar note, Confederate Yankee points out this AP report that focuses on how so few troops in the Iraq war "frag" or kill their commanders compared to the troops in Vietnam. When you read the report, you can't help but feel as if the reporter is disappointed with this trend.


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Jesus walks on water; can't... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Jesus walks on water; can't swim.

The left is pathetic. ww

"At what's believed to ... (Below threshold)
marc:

"At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery,"

In something under 10 comments someone (and I use the term "someone" very loosely [nogo?]) will blame Bush for it being the "world's largest cemetery."

Hah, the Rush letter auctio... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hah, the Rush letter auction is over 100K and he's going to match the final bid. Hoo, boy.
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The bids on the Rush letter... (Below threshold)

The bids on the Rush letter indicate some panic buying. Hmmm?

These people will do or say... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

These people will do or say anything now just to cast a bad light on Bush or conservatives. This is really beyond parody.

Hugh, is that called coveri... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hugh, is that called covering your shorts?
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Did you catch the last line... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

Did you catch the last line of the AP story on fragging, or lack thereof? The real reason that our stupid cannon-fodder volunteer troops don't frag their officers ... is that they're afraid they'll be seen by a newsman!

KimYes, it is....tho... (Below threshold)

Kim
Yes, it is....thou shall not sell what thou does not own....such as patriotism.
As we all know, short selling is common and accepted business in financial markets, but I think Rush has clearly shown its limits in the political arena.
What are the odds that the original will never see the light of day?
A brilliant maneuver by Rush no matter what the outcome. Heads are being furiously scratched at Media Matters. Other body parts as well.

"they're afraid they'll... (Below threshold)
marc:

"they're afraid they'll be seen by a newsman!"

Only true if they wanted to frag and O-4 in the Green Zone, otherwise an ink stained wretch or TV bobblehead would never see it.

"you can't help but feel as... (Below threshold)
89:

"you can't help but feel as if the reporter is disappointed with this trend"

Actually, no. I can help it just fine. This is a report on the first trial of a US soldier killing one of his chain of command in Iraq or Afghanistan. I'm not picking up any disappointment, but rather a confirmation that a volunteer army is better than unmotivated draftees*. The fact that newsmen and other soldiers are always in communication is not the primary reason for this trend, but it makes it harder to commit crimes - including crimes against civilians or enemy combattants.

* In my personal view, I'm actually in favour of mandatory peace-time service - civilian service for concientious objectors - military for the rest of us. The challenge is to get enough trained people during peaceime. We can rely on volunteers to participate in peace keeping and international operations.
History tells us that if our country is attacked there will be no lack of new volunteers - the difficult part is to have enough TRAINED and ORGANIZED volunteers. Also, when everyone has trained as a soldier - not necessarily in actual combat but as close as possible - they are more likely to understand the situation of those who fight today.
What I find strange, is some peace activists' total disregard for the importance of the Geneva conventions, for example. When you're a soldier, you learn about the conventions and how they fit into your obligation to follow orders. (That you may question but still have to follow orders that you disagree with, but also that you have to refuse orders which are clearly illegal even if agree with such an illegal order - in revenge for example.)

Yesterday, the MSM media re... (Below threshold)

Yesterday, the MSM media reported a rare day in Iraq with no reported suicide bombings or other major violence. While the country still lags still far behind the relative peace under dictator Saddam Hussein, and electricity, clean water, open schools or hospitals are still in short supply, any baby steps in the direction of relative peace and stability is welcome. However the vote in Turkey authorizing a military invasion to combat Kurdish radicals is unwelcome news.

The violence level in Iraq remains so high that Iraq rates as 130th in world per capita income compared to the UAE which ranks as #3 in the world, despite Iraq having perhaps the biggest supply of oil in the world. The high violence level in Iraq continues to hold much of the nation in deep poverty and keep major business investment out of much of the nation.

With oil closing in on $89 a barrel today, the world community could sure use more peace in Iraq and more of their oil. Either that, or drive a 94mpg motor scooter like I do.

a rare day in Iraq with ... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

a rare day in Iraq with no reported suicide bombings or other major violence. While the country still lags still far behind the relative peace under dictator Saddam Hussein, and electricity, clean water, open schools or hospitals are still in short supply
You know Paul, I usually leave you alone cuz you're really wordy and don't have much I think is intelligent to say, but.....
Buh? "Relative peace under Saddam Hussein"? He was killing plenty of "his" people, where do you think all those mass graves went? He killed at least hundreds of thousands of "his" people, the only "relative peace" was for the dead and their dead relatives.
The difference? The media doesn't lie and cover up the violence under the new gov't of Iraq the way they did for the previous, murderous, genocidal bastid who ground "his" people under his muderous bootheels. They are so much happier to lie and spread rumors of lies about how violent it is now.
Funny that, the only news outlet to leave Saddam's Iraq was FoxNews, the ones accused of lying for Bush. So in lefty media-land, it's perfectly okay to lie for an actual murderous, genocidal, invasionistic dictator and it's also okay to lie about the elected leader of the free world.

As for this
electricity, clean water, open schools or hospitals are still in short supply
If you weren't so full of crap all the time, I would assume that you meant the end of that sentence to read, "but not as bad as they were in Saddam's day but somehow, I think you weren't thinking that. I bet you would even deny that he used just those items (electricity, clean water and hospitals) as weapons against his enemies. If your district bothered him, no electricity.

The violence level in Iraq remains so high that Iraq rates as 130th in world per capita income compared to the UAE which ranks as #3 in the world, despite Iraq having perhaps the biggest supply of oil in the world.
Do you have a link for that? I would like to see how they figure that out and what it was before, during the oh so peaceful times under Saddam, "The Benevolent" Hussein.

Using the numbers in this s... (Below threshold)
Murdoc Author Profile Page:

Using the numbers in this story, burials per day have now fallen to 133 per day. During the 1990s, burials fell to 150 per day.

Just saying.




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