Since it's been a while, some cartoons.
Chaos In Iraq
How Can We Win?
Bush & Cheney Heart Mormons (Just don't tell the other Christians)
In Utah, wireless internet hurts kids (if we keep it, we'll have to act like parents!)
Now the editorial. . . .
While randomly jumping around the internet today, I found a link to Weber State University's student newspaper, the Signpost, and naturally, I wanted to see what they were writing about. With the end of the school year approaching there was a lot of wrap up the year/thanks for everything types of stories, and that's to be expected. The one that stood out though was Trevor Cave's editorial on the media bias on the Iraq war. To sum it up, he feels that media is only covering the sensational/violent/dramatic side of the war and it's corresponding debate in our government. Not enough attention is paid to the human interest stories (my words) that happen in Iraq since we've been involved.
Last week, 178 people died from an attack by suicide car bombers. We saw pictures of torn up and blackened vehicles from the explosions; blood-streaked cars where people had been badly injured and killed; but we didn't see pictures of the local populace helping the injured and grieving.
We just don't hear about progress and happiness because it doesn't sell as well as violence and criticism.
While I think there are probably good stories happening in Iraq that aren't being reported, I don't think they are enough to make the war worth continued cost to America in terms of soldiers lives and taxpayer dollars. Where the Signpost goes awry here is in not placing the cause of the injury and grieving. If we weren't occupying the country, there wouldn't be an insurgency. Without the insurgency, there wouldn't be the suicide bombings, without which there wouldn't be the deaths, injuries, and the resulting grieving.
So my question to Mr. Cave is, how can we take credit for causing something good, when we are the cause of the bad that allowed the good to take place?