War Roundup (big update: Yon – al Hamira massacre)(updated)

*Latest update is at the bottom of this post

UPDATE: Yon has a post up related to the massacre he documented in “Bless the Beasts and Children” (linked below). I suppose I should’ve been more angered by the main stream media’s piss poor coverage (ie non coverage) of this, but I’m just too used to the selective MSM typically only running with stuff that fits their agenda. I guess I’m somewhat numb to their attitude. Yon isn’t:

As the investigation unfolds more pertinent details, I’ll continue to update the story. But the biggest question rippling across the internet–“Why hasn’t the mainstream media picked this up?” –is something only representatives of mainstream media can answer.

… their malaise is inexplicable. I do not know why all failed to report the murders and booby-trapped village: apparently no reporters bothered to go out there, even though it’s only about 3.5 miles from this base.

On this question of media selectivity, the blogosphere has become incensed that big media mostly ignored the murders, especially given that there are reporters currently in Baqubah.

My original post follows:

Basically, this is going to be a set of links to milblogs etc with some updates to catch up on the war (in Iraq) since I’ve been quite focused on the immigration stuff lately. Good luck finding these stories in the national media:

Why we fight: Bless the Beasts and Children (Michael Yon – if you haven’t looked at his last few weeks worth of dispatches, now would be a good time to catch up).

Bill Roggio has lots of updates (here are just a few):
Iran, Hezbollah train Iraqi Shia “Secret Cells” (high value Hezbo captured). Remember, Iran provides a lot of funding and weaponry to Hezbollah (Iran may have demanded a bit of return on investment closer to home). I think the media has touched (barely) this but has avoided the ‘Iran in Iraq’ issue long known to exist.
Half of Baghdad Secured (slaps around the NYT’s predictable we’ve failed knee-jerk reaction)
Coalition Forces Rout al Qaeda Elements South of Ramadi

BlackFive (again, lots more at the blog):
Command Sergeant Major Ciotola on Harry Reid – MUST READ of the DAY (the closing quote is priceless)
General Wolff in Iraq: Democratic Senate Caucus is Wrong

Fightin’ 6 Marine’s blog – they’re in Anbar. Also includes video.

Let’s not forget Afghanistan. The Mudville Gazette has an excellent ‘service’ that provides summaries and links (heavily comprised of milblogs) for both Iraq and Afghanistan. Check out the latest Dawn Patrol post.

UPDATE: Instapundit has one journalist’s reaction (must read), it entirely captures the agenda thing I mentioned in the ‘Yon update’ above. Excerpt:

…Our words, images, arguments and skills can’t stop the killing. Only the rough soldiers and their guns can solve the problem, and we won’t admit that fact because the admission would weaken our influence and our claim to social status.

So we pretend Yon’s massacre – and the North Korean killing fields, the Arab treatment of women, the Arab hatred of Israel, etc. – doesn’t exist, and instead focus…

Please don’t be surprised. We media are an interest group not much different from the automakers, the unions, and the farmers.

For what it’s worth, Happy Independence Day – brought to you by the “rough soldiers” of the past, maintained by the “rough soldiers” of the present and future. See also: The Americans Who Risked everything.

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  1. Pingback: The Hidden Massacre (Why We Fight - al Ahamir) « Utah Rattler

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