Chrenkoff has the latest report up on Good News From Iraq, and it’s a huge one again. This is the 16th installment and contains much you won’t find our media reporting. Go have a read. Chrenkoff writes a spot-on conclusion to his piece:
|::::::::||It would be dangerous and very unwise to ignore or downplay all the bad things happening in Iraq right now; but it would be equally dangerous if without hearing other voices and other stories from inside the country we were to give up and walk away, leaving Iraqis alone to try to secure their future. The bombs are deadly, but the perception that in Iraq today there is nothing else but the bombs could prove even deadlier in the long run – for the Iraqis, the Middle East, and the West.||::::::::|
Update: In my haste to post the link, I forgot to highlight this starting set of remarks which I, again, find dead on the money.
|::::::::||It takes a lot to get a man of God annoyed and Louis Sako, the Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, is a very frustrated man these dyas: “It is not all death and destruction,” says the Archbishop. “Much is positive in Iraq today… Universities are operating, schools are open, people go out onto the streets normally… Where there’s a kidnapping or a homicide the news gets out immediately, and this causes fear among the people… Those who commit such violence are resisting against Iraqis who want to build their country.”
It’s not just the terrorists who, according to His Eminence, are creating problems for Iraq: “[January] will be a starting point for a new Iraq… [Yet] Western newspapers and broadcasters are simply peddling propaganda and misinformation… Iraqis are happy to be having elections and are looking forward to them because they will be useful for national unity… Perhaps not everything will go exactly to plan, but, with time, things will improve. Finally Iraqis will be given the chance to choose. Why is there so much noise and debate coming out from the West when before, under Saddam, there were no free elections, but no one said a thing?”