U.S. forces killed two Iraqi women — one of them about to give birth — when the troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials and relatives said Wednesday. Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, was being raced to the maternity hospital in Samarra by her brother when the shooting occurred Tuesday.
My question, though, is why is this news? Is it appropriate to have war reporting governed by the same "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality that makes the average local newscast virtually unwatchable? My instinct is "no," but my fatigue level and the work load I've got to get through before I hit the sack tonight make it impossible for me to articulate why. Any takers on this question? As always, I'm open to hearing any viewpoints, so long as they are politely expressed. My preference, of course, is for argument, not invective.
UPDATE: For the stories just from today about Iraq that don't involve blood and malfeasance, you can go here and here. My thanks to those of you who left comments. I think you're absolutely right. I was just too tired last night to follow through on my initial thought.