Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ramadi Iraq

If you only read one news story all week, you've got to read Michael Totten's Middle East Journal (September 18) from Iraq. I've copied some exerpts below but please read his entire article when you get the chance.
"Whether Anbar Province is freshly christened pro-American ground or whether
the newly founded Iraqi-American alliance is merely temporary and tactical is
hard to say. Whatever the case, the region is no longer a breeding ground for
violent anti-American and anti-Iraqi forces."

“As of July 30,” Major Peters said in early August, “we’ve have 81 days in the city with zero attacks since March 31.”

"Violence has declined so sharply in Ramadi that few journalists bother to
visit these days. It’s “boring,” most say, and it’s hard to get a story out
there – especially for daily news reporters who need fresh scoops every day."

"I was greeted by friendly Iraqis in the streets of Baghdad every day, but
the atmosphere in Ramadi was different. I am not exaggerating in the least when
I describe their attitude toward Americans as euphoric. "

"Ramadi has changed so drastically from the terrorist-infested pit that it
was as recently as April 2007 that I could hardly believe what I saw was real.
The sheer joy on the faces of these Iraqis was unmistakable. They weren’t sullen
in the least, and it was pretty obvious that they were not just pretending to be
friendly or going through the hospitality motions."

"Grown Iraqi men hugged American Soldiers and Marines."

I heard about this from Hugh Hewitt's radio program. Funny, I don't recall hearing anything like this from the main stream media. Why is that?

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