Tuesday, March 22, 2005

This just in...

Fox News had this headline today: Over 20 Dead in Mosul Violence. As you read the article, though, you discover that almost all of the 20 were bad guys.

Late Monday, attackers in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, ambushed a convoy carrying security forces officials, including top police chief Brig. Gen. Abu Al-Waled, sparking a gunbattle in front of a main mosque. Police killed 17 militants and captured 14, said Col. Wathiq Ali, deputy police commander.
My personal take on these kinds of stories is that it would be more intellectually honest to include such facts in the headline. For example, "17 Enemy Insurgents killed in Mosul " instead of just saying "20 killed in Mosul," which makes it sound like total chaos, with 20 poor Mosulians killed, bodies strewn in the street. While this may or may not be the case, in reality, it was 17 misguided martyrs dashing themselves on the bulwarks of an ever more robust and capable defense force.

I love the fact that being an "insurgent" in Iraq now probably makes you ineligible for life insurance due to your "high risk occupation." Mortality rates for insurgents attacking convoys is approaching better than 95%. Yee frickin' haw!

And then of course, there is the ready militia, local free Iraqis with zero tolerance for brigands:
Gunbattles broke out Tuesday in the streets of the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, where militants riding in three cars opened fire on people shopping along a main thoroughfare, Interior Ministry officials said. Shopkeepers and residents returned fire, killing three assailants.
Git 'er duuuuuun! THAT'S what I'm talking about! I wonder how many drive-bys would happen here if more people fired back?