Iraqi straw man burned at the stake

In support of the official pro-war position that "the good news out of Iraq just isn't being reported," Michelle Malkin posts a photo of Iraqis burning an effigy of Saddam Hussein, writing "An image you probably won't see on your newspaper's front page or on the network news..."

Ooooh, look at the conspiracy to block such improvement.

Since anger at Saddam can't possibly be construed as "new" or "improved" we can only conclude that what we're actually witnessing is a historic display of free speech. Okay, good, but I'm not sure that's quite the argument being made to the American people. Billions wasted and thousands dead so Iraqis can elevate their hatred of Saddam from indoors to out.

The banner in the background reads, hopefully enough, that "We promise to the Iraqi people that we will smash terrorism."

Thing is, "terrorism" is in the eye of the beholder. To wit: the Iraqi leadership recently removed something significant from the list of "terrorist activities" at a meeting in Cairo: killing Americans.

Much as the Malkin brain sees only black and white (hatred for Saddam = support for US occupation), it's not quite that simple.

Another problem with Malkin's assessment is that these protesters are identified as belonging to the Iraq National List. The List's most important and high profile member is former prime minister Iyad Allawi who was quoted in yesterday's paper as saying that "People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse."

Good news from Iraq is such a fable that administration water-carriers are grasping at the most tenuous (and fatuous) signs of "progress," the will of the American people, war heroes, and even conservative soldiers be damned.

We all want things to improve in Iraq, nobody is wishing for failure. But without looking at the facts honestly, more Americans (as well as Iraqis and others) will be headed for heartache and death.

And by the way, far from being buried the photo turned up in the Boston Globe, the Modesto Bee a host of local papers and a CBS News website in New Orleans.


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