Sunday, March 23, 2008

Looking for the good in the world

The news has just crossed the wires that the U.S. death toll in Iraq has hit 4,000. To many though, this will not be a time to reflect on their sacrifice...instead it will be a chance to spin this into some kind of propaganda to use solely for political purposes, whether its the antiwar left, the isolationist right, or Al-Qaeda's media wing, Al-Sahab. The fact that we have reached a point like that is shameful.

However, instead of just counting the deaths of soldiers and Iraqis, I would like to talk about what is really happening in Iraq. Something that the majority of Americans are not hearing about because its just not as important to the Nightly News as the latest body count.

This is from the Los Angeles Times:

The comeback of Fallouja, the site of two major battles between Marines and insurgents in 2004, surprises even the most optimistic U.S. planners.

"It continues to outpace all expectations," said Navy Capt. John Dal Santo, part of a State Department-funded effort called the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Fallouja.

City Council leader Sheik Hamed Ahmed said that he was pleased with the city's progress but that he needed more generators for his neighborhood. Ahmed's three predecessors were assassinated by insurgents, but he has refused to back down.

"Fallouja is alive again," he said.

Restaurants, bakeries, photo shops, tire stores, Internet cafes, a body-building studio and other businesses line the avenues and side streets. BMWs share lanes with donkey carts on congested thoroughfares.

It's amazing, isn't it? A region that was once written off as a lost cause has managed to rise up against the evil that is political terrorism. Less than a year and a half ago, things looked very different, yet the Iraqi people managed to turn the situation around.

The article continues:

There have been soccer tournaments and art contests. And there are plans for a soft-drink bottling plant.

"Fallouja has gone through a metamorphosis -- these people want their lives back," said Lt. Col. Christopher Dowling, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. "Fallouja has its soul back."
Several hundred Marines live side by side with Iraqi police officers in outposts across the city. In five months, Dowling's Marines have carried out 7,000 patrols in the city and its suburbs without suffering a fatality or major injury.

This is just one of the many success stories that are happening in Iraq. Instead of looking for the news that will divide a country that was once unified and bring about more devastation, maybe we should find the stories that will help make the world a better place.


Average American said...


We all know that there will be bumps in the road going forward, but the trend line is going more and more positive. You and I know that because we dig for the truth. Most Americans will find out eventually that things are getting better, but not because the msm is doing such a great job. What ever happened to "human interest stories?" Would it kill them to run an article a day covering a good event? Have you noticed how bad CNN is lately? Sucks to be a 24 hour a day news outlet with no terribly bad news items to fill in all of those hours! Maybe that's why so many school shootings lately, they get GLORIFIED with SO MUCH COVERAGE!


C.H. said...

I know what your saying, AA. If you ever visit CNN's website and read the "latest updates on worlds top stories" its like a propaganda site for Al-Qaeda, making note of EVERY single accomplishment carried out by the terrorists in Iraq, large and small.

Now, what good can possibly come out of that?

Yet for some some reason, they don't have the time to talk about the turn of events in places like Anbar province, which surpassed the expectations of even the most optimistic analysts.