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August 14, 2007
Der Spiegel Wakes Up
One of the most anti-American publications in the world, Germany's Der Spiegel , seems to have discovered that progress is being made in Iraq:
Since June, Ramadi residents have only known the war from televison. Indeed, US military officials at the Baghdad headquarters of Operation Iraqi Freedom often have trouble believing their eyes when they read the reports coming in from their units in Ramadi these days. Exploded car bombs: zero. Detonated roadside bombs: zero. Rocket fire: zero. Grenade fire: zero. Shots from rifles and pistols: zero. Weapons caches discovered: dozens. Terrorists arrested: many. Long time German media watcher, the blog Medienkritik, adds this:
Ramadi is an irritating contradiction of almost everything the world thinks it knows about Iraq -- it is proof that the US military is more successful than the world wants to believe. Ramadi demonstrates that large parts of Iraq -- not just Anbar Province, but also many other rural areas along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers -- are essentially pacified today.
This is news the world doesn't hear: Ramadi, long a hotbed of unrest, a city that once formed the southwestern tip of the notorious "Sunni Triangle," is now telling a different story, a story of Americans who came here as liberators, became hated occupiers and are now the protectors of Iraqi reconstruction.
As a long-time observer of the publication, my first reaction to reading this on SPIEGEL ONLINE was: Are they on drugs?! - this directly contradicts everything they've reported for the past four years! My second reaction was: Have they finally gotten off the drugs?! To be sure, there are parts of the article that are sobering - especially with regards to the situation in Baghdad. But when a publication like Der Speiegel comes out and says that things are changing in Iraq and that the US is succeeding, how long before our own media follows suit?
Maybe reality is finally starting to sink in! Keep in mind that less than a year ago, Der SPIEGEL published a magazine cover (depicted below) declaring Iraq a "Lost War".
I know, I know...Don't hold your breath. But we can dream, can't we?
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky