February 2006

28 Feb 2006 12:30 am

This Washington Post report claims that more than 1300 Iraqis have died in sectarian violence unleashed by the bombing of the Shiite shrine last week. The report describes the bloody scenes found inside Baghdad’s main morgue and points out that the U.S. Military was wrong about the death toll. From the tone of the article it’s apparent that the reporters are quite pleased that Iraq may be near a civil war.

The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the U.S. military and the news media.

Hundreds of unclaimed dead lay at the morgue at midday Monday — blood-caked men who had been shot, knifed, garroted or apparently suffocated by the plastic bags still over their heads. Many of the bodies were sprawled with their hands still bound — and many of them had wound up at the morgue after what their families said was their abduction by the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

This article is not recommended for squeamish stomachs. I do wonder what conditions in Iraq would have been like today if our nations opposition party had whole-heartedly supported the war from the very start and had been steadfast throughout the past few years. Imagine what could have been accomplished by now had we had a united front and the media had actually reported all of the news, the good as well as the bad.

It’s amazing that so much has been achieved. The ancient media’s not going to be able to hide the good news much longer because Iraqis are blogging about it now. Check out the different outlooks Iraqi blogs have on the “surge of violence.”

(and on Aljazeera no less)

An Iraqi blogger who lives in the United Kingdom, says: “I compared reporting from the BBC and the British newspapers to the [Iraqi] blogs and there is a world of difference.

“It is as if the Western media are on a different planet,” he told Aljazeera.net.

They get it. Iraq the Model has been getting it for quite a while.

27 Feb 2006 07:08 pm

I don’t believe a word of it. Insight Magazine must be trying to get its circulation up.

Senior GOP sources envision the retirement of Mr. Cheney in 2007, months after the congressional elections. The sources said Mr. Cheney would be persuaded to step down as he becomes an increasing political liability to President Bush.

27 Feb 2006 06:53 pm

Oh, this hurts. I don’t know the blogger and just read about this at Michelle Malkin’s blog but I am going to pray for this family. I think God listens to blogger prayers and that is one of the blessings of blogging. Pray for this precious, devastated family.

27 Feb 2006 01:07 pm

My daughter pointed out to me that I say that a lot. It’s not from a loss of words but a restraint. When things really PISS me off I try not to curse or get obscene.

Good grief means I am really irritated, shocked, annoyed or disgusted. This time “good grief” means just that. Good Grief. This is just unbelievable.

And actually, there is nothing good about grief.

27 Feb 2006 12:35 am

An hour or so ago I bid goodbye to my son, daughter-in-law and grandson and soon after that my daughter and her husband left to go back up “the hill” to northwest Arkansas. We had a lot of fun this weekend and I didn’t get much done around the house so went outside to take the garbage out about ten minutes after they had all left. I was walking back up the drive to the house when I heard an awful sound. It was the squealing of tires and then, a big bang.

I knew it was a wreck. It nearly made my heart stop. The impact was so loud I knew the wreck must have happened about six blocks away where there is a busy intersection. I told my husband about it and quickly called my daughter because she and her husband were the last to leave. I knew they were alright but wanted to make sure just to feel easy. They were already ten miles gone up the road and were fine and so were my son and his family. I got in the car and drove down the hill and there I saw a bad head-on collision involving two SUVs. It was exactly where I thought it would be based on the sound coming up the hill.

I called my husband and asked him to call the cops because I didn’t know the number. (I need to put emergency numbers in my cellphone) From what I could see in the darkness I didn’t think there were any bad injuries, that is, I hoped there weren’t. I drove down a block or so and turned around to go back and there was a policeman at the scene but in the darkness I could see someone lying in the road and some people around him (or her) It was then that I could see that the passengers of both cars were teens.

I know now that there were some minor injuries (my husband went down after I came home) but they will be okay. There were some upset parents arriving when my husband was getting ready to leave. I know SUVs get a bad rap but in this case, from just hearing the impact of the wreck and then seeing the damage, those kids were very lucky to be in them. They were protected from much worse injuries or death.

My daughter just called me and told me that they arrived home safely. My son and his family just live across town and were already home by the time I called them so everyone is tucked safely in tonight.

Hopefully all the kids are okay.

26 Feb 2006 11:06 am


My daughter-in-law, a Louisiana native, loved her Crawfish Etouffee. We had a great time.

26 Feb 2006 10:57 am

Mark Steyn writes about the inability of Europe to wake up to the anti-Semitism in their midst. I wonder if they are unaware of the killing of Jews or simply don’t care.

In five years’ time, how many Jews will be living in France? Two years ago, a 23-year-old Paris disc jockey called Sebastien Selam was heading off to work from his parents’ apartment when he was jumped in the parking garage by his Muslim neighbor Adel. Selam’s throat was slit twice, to the point of near-decapitation; his face was ripped off with a fork; and his eyes were gouged out. Adel climbed the stairs of the apartment house dripping blood and yelling, “I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven.”

Is that an gripping story? You’d think so. Particularly when, in the same city, on the same night, a Jewish woman was brutally murdered in the presence of her daughter by another Muslim. You’ve got the making of a mini-trend there, and the media love trends.

Yet no major French newspaper carried the story.

This month, there was another murder. Ilan Halimi, also 23, also Jewish, was found by a railway track outside Paris with burns and knife wounds all over his body. He died en route to the hospital, having been held prisoner, hooded and naked, and brutally tortured for almost three weeks by a gang that had demanded half a million dollars from his family. Can you take a wild guess at the particular identity of the gang? During the ransom phone calls, his uncle reported that they were made to listen to Ilan’s screams as he was being burned while his torturers read out verses from the Quran.

This time around, the French media did carry the story, yet every public official insisted there was no anti-Jewish element. Just one of those things. Coulda happened to anyone. And, if the gang did seem inordinately fixated on, ah, Jews, it was just because, as one police detective put it, ‘’Jews equal money.'’ In London, the Observer couldn’t even bring itself to pursue that particular angle. Its report of the murder managed to avoid any mention of the unfortunate Halimi’s, um, Jewishness. Another British paper, the Independent, did dwell on the particular, er, identity groups involved in the incident but only in the context of a protest march by Parisian Jews marred by ‘’radical young Jewish men'’ who’d attacked an ‘’Arab-run grocery.'’

As always, Steyn is a must read so read it all.

The French have another problem in their ports.

25 Feb 2006 02:16 pm

Thanks to Lorie Byrd for the link. Enjoy your visit to the Wide Awake Cafe and come again soon!

Laura Lee

25 Feb 2006 02:12 pm

I like the way he puts it. GrannyTiger put me onto it.

25 Feb 2006 01:29 pm

Matt from Lag in Iraq is home safely. And he returned on Christmas Eve! I know his parents must have been thrilled. He writes about his final days in Iraq here. He needs a big welcome home from all of us and a THANK YOU for serving our country.

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