Thursday, March 02, 2006

The War On The Truth (Or Righties Who Love Them Some Muqtada)

A number of righties have chosen to coddle Muqtada Al Sadr by seeking to tamp down reports of the more than 1,300 killed in Baghdad since the shrine bombing.

The Washington Post has done a follow-up piece to the report of the more than 1,300 dead. The morgue officials who provided the media with the data are now coming under "pressure" for doing so.

Now we also learn that the head of the morgue in Baghdad has fled the country in fear of his life after reporting death squad activity.

The fact that there are so many on the right willing to blindly accept this cover-up says alot. These righties are not humanitarians. There humanitarianism only goes so far as it benefits Bush. Human rights abuses in Darfur and in Iraq are to be ignored or hidden if these righties feel the facts of such acts are politically damaging to Bush at home.

What a fucked up sense of priorities.


  • hey macswain:

    Wudda ya think about us invading Iran now? Interesting article in the new issue of New Yorker about how the Shah's son is playing the Chalabi role.

    By Anonymous Rightie, at 8:21 AM  

  • rightie,

    We don't have the ability to invade Iran in the same manner we did Iraq. Further, Bush's policies - through words ("Axis of Evil") and deed (the invaision of Iraq) - has exacerbated the problem with Iran by pushing them in a more militant and isolationist direction.

    That said - we have to continue to raise the Nuke issue but must change our diplomacy in a direction that supports the reformists and moderates rather than undercutting them.

    By Blogger Macswain, at 10:24 AM  

  • Is Sadr getting any support from Iran? I've heard rumors that Shi-ites in the South are getting some political support, but is there anyone out there claiming Iran is working with Sadr yet?

    Is Sadr even our enemy yet, or are we giving him a slide because of teh Jafarri support thingee this month?

    By Blogger J Andrew Morrison, at 11:31 AM  

  • ms,

    "a lot" is two words.

    you're very welcome

    d in t

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 PM  

  • jandrew,

    Al Sadr just visited Iran about a month ago and pledged to defend Iran against any attack. He has openly advocated an Iranian style theocracy for Iraq. I don't think anyone really doubts but that he is receiving Iranian support.

    The problem for the U.S. is, at this point, Al Sadr has craftily made himself an essential part of the new Iraqi government. I think the fear is if we openly confront him or take him down, we run the risk of taking down the whole government and having to start from scratch. The Bushies don't have the will - nor probably the popular support - to do that.

    So, while I'm pretty sure the Bushies don't like Al Sadr, for domestic political reasons they seem to feel it's better to downplay the human rights abuses Al Sadr's militia has engaged in and will continue to engage (note also that while Al Sadr's militia has provided the most recent examples of human rights abuse, human rights abuses are being practiced by all the major sectarian groups).

    By Blogger Macswain, at 4:18 PM  

  • It's OK for the right to cover up the truth. They are morally superior (not to mention many of them have God on their side) so they don't have to live by a code of ethics.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:47 PM  

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