Monday, July 09, 2007
Reporting Atrocities the MSM Ignores
Today seems like a good day to shed the light of perspective on Iraq and al Qaeda.

All too often, the MSM and our superior friends in the EU, United Nations, etc. pick on the US as a greater evil than anything al Qaeda has ever accomplished. The absurdity of that premise is larger than an elephant in a VW bug, but...whatever. My point is, that the MSM, for all their holier-than-thou, better-than-thou, we-know-better-and-we-won't-hesitate-to-remind-you reporting, more often than not, are lazy bastards who are "reporting" from rumours that they glean from the cozy comforts of their Green Zone hotels. They aren't out there in the sand, the dust, where the bullets are flying. They sure as hell ain't out there smelling the decomposing corpses.

But, one reporter is. His name is Michael Yon. He isn't affiliated with any MSM outlet. In fact, he isn't even paid. He is there in the hot zone on his own nickel doing the reporting that AP/CBS/NBC/ABC/Reuters/Fox, et al won't do.

He is constantly reporting the stories that you won't hear anywhere else. The man is still embedded. Still. He's made several "deployments" and is currently in harm's way. In fact, recently he had exclusives on two major stories.

The first is here. It is the very sad tale of some suspected al Qaeda atrocities that don't get any play by the MSM. In fact, those bastards can't be bothered to get off their lazy asses and follow their noses to the stench. You need to read it and read it all. You must, if only to begin to understand the enemy.

The second story is far far worse. I will excerpt it below, because I want to highlight the atrocity, but I urge you to go read the whole thing.

Speaking through an American interpreter, Lieutenant David Wallach who is a
native Arabic speaker, the Iraqi official related how al Qaeda united these gangs who then became absorbed into “al Qaeda.” They recruited boys born during the years 1991, 92 and 93 who were each given weapons, including pistols, a bicycle and a phone (with phone cards paid) and a salary of $100 per month, all courtesy of al Qaeda. These boys were used for kidnapping, torturing and murdering people.

At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.

Go read the whole heart-breaking thing. Michael Yon, if there is any justice in this world, you will be amply rewarding for doing this very important work.


posted by Phoenix | 10:56 AM


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