Sunday, August 05, 2007

Yon in the New York Daily News

Michael Yon has an article in the New York Daily News that is a very quick summary of what he's been reporting for the last six months.

I was about to say that it's extraordinary that this is all news to some. Yet not 15 minutes ago I was perusing the BBC's Surge coverage. They've obviously taken the decision to cover it only through the figures of the dead and wounded. I couldn't find any explanation, aside from the number of troops involved, of how the Surge differs from previous operations. The message is the same as it has always been - look how many people are dying. Important, yes, but not necessarily the most significant fact.

This way they can defend themselves no matter what happens. If some sort of stability is achieved (which is probably the best we can hope for), then they will point to their weekly 'dead and wounded' round-up and say how objective it was. In the event of chaos and withdrawal, they will silently crow, twist their beaming faces into long ones and regret the waste of life.

I wish Yon, Totten and Roggio could reach just 10% of the BBC's audience.

Yon mentions in his article the horror he came across near Baqubah at the beginning of Operation Arrowhead Ripper. It seems that there is another one in the same area.

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