What is wrong in Iraq in two simple paragraphs

As many of you out there, I’m a Iraq news junkie… Much like a rubbernecker on the highway, I just cannot help slowing down and taking a long look at the disaster. But today I read something on Salon’s War Roomthat I think encapsulates a large part of the problem better than articles 5 times it’s length. Read and judge for yourself…

We’d hate to see the bad news

We’re not the only ones to notice something of, well, a discordant note in a Washington Post article about Iraqtoday. Reporter Karen DeYoung leads her story off by writing, “Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the U.S. military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them, and see the departure of ‘occupying forces’ as the key to national reconciliation, according to focus groups conducted for the U.S. military last month.”Now, it seems to us as if that might be considered a bad sign.

But according to DeYoung, that’s not how the U.S. military sees it. “That is good news, according to a military analysis of the results. At the very least, analysts optimistically concluded, the findings indicate that Iraqis hold some ‘shared beliefs’ that may eventually allow them to surmount the divisions that have led to a civil war.
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~ by herodotuswept on December 19, 2007.

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