The good news

The BBC reports:


At least 40 people have been killed by a suicide bomb inside a military base housing US and Iraqi forces near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The attacker struck at an Iraqi police recruitment centre at the base in Kisk. No Americans died, the US said…
The village of Kisk, which houses the military base, lies between Mosul and Talafar.
Both towns have been the scene of much anti-US violence and unrest in the three years since the US-led invasion of Iraq.
US President George W Bush singled out Talafar in a recent speech as a success story in the campaign to quell the insurgency.
We haven't turned a corner. There is a civil war brewing, if not already underway. Freedom is not on the march. And Talafar isn't a success story.

The administration likes to moan about how the media doesn't report the good news, but a new school or a town finally--after three years--getting permanent electricity back just isn't as newsworthy as 40 people being killed by a suicide bomber. It doesn't (or shouldn't) matter whether you support the war or not; the loss of 40 Iraqi lives is an important news story that gives more insight into what's happening with the war than a new school.

Atrios puts this into perspective:
Imagine if 30 people were killed every day by car bombs in US cities. Monday, 30 dead in Denver. Tuesday, 30 dead in San Francisco. Wednesday, 30 dead in Philadelphia. You get the idea.
Now scale that roughly relative to population size. Make that 300 dead per day. Every day. Would the lead story on the evening news be about all the people who weren't blown up that day? No. The country would be completely hysterical.
You want something for reopening a hospital that was only shut because we invaded? Fine--I'll get you a cookie.

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