An interesting read -- 'Iraq History Lesson'
by Edward ODaniel - 6/6/04 7:00 AM
By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, June 4, 2004; Page A23
"Today the guns are silent. . . . The entire world is quietly at peace." So said Douglas MacArthur in September 1945. Last week, seeing that quotation, now inscribed in stone at the new National World War II Memorial in Washington, I was struck, touched, by its optimism. ...
A few days after my encounter with that MacArthur quotation, I read a brilliant and impassioned article by the eminent British military historian John Keegan, skewering the commonplace and ahistorical idea -- claiming World War II as a model -- that wars end cleanly, neatly and completely. Keegan's article (London Daily Telegraph, June 1) detailed the bloody aftermath that continued for years after MacArthur's words on the battleship Missouri.
Keegan's larger point was contemporary, however. "The British and American media retail with evident satisfaction every scrap of information" -- bad war news, coalition soldiers' misconduct -- that "undermines any expectation by readers and viewers of a successful outcome to the Iraqi involvement." That the transition from the coalition conquest of last April 9 to whatever new Iraq emerges will be difficult, bloody and contentious is the historical norm, argues Keegan. Yet it has been used by critics to discredit both the war and Bush and Blair for having undertaken it.
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As he goes on to say and other reporters/columnists in other papers are also reporting, the nay sayers are wrong yet again. There is an Iraqui Iterim Government in place and it is a pretty well balanced one.
Of the 36 mew ministers ONLY 4 are from the interim Iraqi Governing Council contrary to the claims of their simply reappointing themselves.
Wouldn't it be nice if the media REPORTED the news rather than trying to MAKE it?