Thursday, June 21, 2007

LIFE IS GOOD IN THE GREEN ZONE








OR IS IT?


More missing news. I never read or heard this anywhere until today. It refers the U.S. fortified “Green Zone” in Baghdad, which is supposed to be the “safe” area for U.S. personnel, U.S.-protected foreigners, and the puppet Iraqi government:

‘A June 5 U.N. report said insurgents had bombarded the Green Zone with rockets and mortar fire more than 80 times since March, reportedly killing at least 26 people.’

That’s 26 “safe zone” inhabitants killed in two months. I might have missed seeing that number in the news earlier, but I don’t believe we were told about it.

Here’s more of the June 21 article that contained the information:


‘Blasts rattle Baghdad's Green Zone’


‘BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of mortars or rockets slammed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone on Thursday, and an official said at least one round struck a parking lot used by the Iraqi prime minister and his security detail.
The barrage occurred a day after the U.S. military acknowledged "an increasing pattern of attacks" against the sprawling complex on the west bank of the Tigris River despite a security crackdown now in its fifth month.

'The U.S. Embassy confirmed there were rounds of indirect fire, the military term for rockets or mortars, but said it could not immediately provide details such as where they struck.' [COMMENT: Of course not. That would be very difficult to determine. Duh.]

'Rear Adm. Mark Fox, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, declined to provide details on the number of attacks against the Green Zone, which is also known as the International Zone, but said they were increasing.’

2 comments:

Keef said...

Shortly after news reports are released regarding the deaths of 14 Americans in Iraq (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6226910.stm) we get news directly from the military that the U.S. has killed 17 Al Qaeda members. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/06/22/iraq.main/index.html
17 > 14! We win, right? It's strange how these enemy body count press releases always fall closely on the heels of higly publicized U.S. casualties.

Fleming said...

Keef, it's good to hear from you! You make a great point. It is odd how news is generated to hide news, isn't it? And it's too bad that so many people are so dumb that they're taken in by the kind of number-juggling you describe.