Ordinary Crimes


The crime wave in Iraq is so bad that people cannot go shopping without protection, they cannot go for picnics on the river, and many families simply stay locked in their houses, fully armed.

… Until now, the Times, the Post, and the other mass media have all conveyed the impression (or stated as fact) that people’s fears of violence were primarily caused by the insurgency (either through direct attack on civilians or by drawing American fire). Now, finally, the Times reported that ordinary crimes are the principle source of Iraqis’ safety concerns.” (We should remember, however, that this key fact is buried on page 14 in the middle of an article headlined Iraq Militants said to Behead Truck Driver From Bulgaria.”)

(via Cursor — I know, I know, lazy blogging, but just be thankful your getting any posts at all while I’m away from broadband!)