A missed opportunity in the battle against terrorism and for democracy
: A year ago this month, the people of Iraq demonstrated against the terrorism they warned was coming — but big, old Western media thought it wasn’t a story. What if they had covered that demonstration and reported that story and drawn attention to the need to protect the people and embryonic democracy of Iraq? What if they had brought pressure to bear to make sure that sufficient resources and force were brought by our forces? What if they had not ignored the plea of these good, freedom-loving, democracy-loving Iraqis? How many lives would have been saved?
Zeyad and Omar covered that demonstration (that’s Zeyad’s picture from a year ago). The New York Times did not. They said they didn’t know about it, which is to say that they didn’t bother to read the blogs that had just started, which is also to say that they didn’t care to cover this story. It was a story that mattered.
I’d say that big, old Western media missed the story of terrorism (or call in insurgency, if you must) big time. The people of Iraq tried to tip them off. But they wouldn’t listen.
: Zeyad tried to warn us but this is what is now happening at his front door.