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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

News Filter or News Service?

For the past two days I have been searching our MSM news papers for news of the Iraq referendum. The only reference I could find was an off hand mention at Stuff of a 'referendum which appeared to have been passed.' Funny thing is, over a day ago I was able to read this in a North American news paper.

Sixteen out of Iraq's 18 provinces - including Sunni-majority ones - voted for the most liberal, democratic, federal and pluralist constitution in the Middle East.

Do I need to say more? Please God, when are you going to let us have just one competent jounalist in this country?

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/19/2005 01:49:00 PM


Blogger francis said...

Journos don't control their briefs, Al, when it comes to such things. At the daily MSM pubs, it's mostly just clipping the wires, anyway, when it comes to offshore. Except, of course, for the editorials. All of which pretty much disparaged the referendum going in. I think many editors held off in hopes of running stories about how the referendum had failed, resulted in countless lives lost, etc.

10/19/2005 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well I wouldn't mind so muich if they didn't clip just the anti Bush anti Blair wires. Why could they not clip the same clip I did? Are they lazy or is it premeditated?

10/19/2005 02:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you really think we are on the verge of a liberal, democratic, federal and pluralist state in Iraq?

It seems more likely that we are at the beginning of the breakup of Iraq along sectarian, ethnic and religious lines.

As the ever wise Juan Cole points out.

"It does seem likely that all three Sunni Arab-majority provinces have rejected the constitution, even if not by the margin required to defeat it, and that this outcome is the worst possible one. For the rejection to be consistent within a single bloc is a very bad sign for the future of the country.

The Washington spinmeisters who are trying to say that the mere fact of the Sunnis voting is a good thing, even if they voted against the constitution, do no know what they are talking about. Political participation is not always a positive thing. The Nazis after all were elected to the Reichstag. And Serbs consistently voted for Milosevic and other ultra-nationalists. Nobody in Washington thought it positive that Iranian hardliners came out in some numbers to vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some elections are tragedies for a nation. This constitutional referendum was one of them."

10/19/2005 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anonymous you reckon Iraq under Sadam was not broken up along sectarian, ethnic and religious lines? As for Juan Cole, he's got less credibility than Winston Peters at a camel drivers' picnic.

10/19/2005 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

All federal countries are divided along geographical (physical and human) lines. That's why the political solution for such countries was federalisation.

And even if Kurdistan and Shiastan (or whatever) decide to go their separate ways, whatever results will still be much better than the preceeding dictatorship for the people involved.

The Left these days are the new reactionary conservatives - afraid of change and fervently arguing for the status quo.

10/19/2005 03:15:00 PM  
Blogger JamesP said...

Ah, the old impending breakup / civil war that we keep hearing is just around the corner but which never occurs. Why is that? The Sunni leaders have realised that while losing the dominant position that they had under Saddam is unpalatable, the alternative is far worse. Take the key issue of oil revenue where an even division of the money is vastly preferable to a Sunni state with virtually no oil at all.

The fact that all sides are working together is a good sign. Observe last weeks horse-trading that led to changes to the constitution, which in turn led to several key Sunni leaders changing their position to support the constitution. Don't mistake hard bargaining for a rejection of the process.

10/19/2005 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Rob O'Neill said...

And of course the quote isn't from the wires, or even from a news story. It's from a Mark Steyn column.

10/20/2005 12:52:00 PM  

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