Beating up thugs

The news story was the beating the Iranian thugs and terrorists took in Basra. But there was another type of thuggery going on, too, and Ralph Peters attacks it with a righteous zeal:

LIKE many Americans, I get angry at biased “reporting” about Iraq and the spin from dishonest pundits. Usually, I get over it quickly, since my expectations of the media are pretty low.But sometimes a Big Lie just won’t let go. And the lefty lie that the Iraqi military is a hopeless failure must be answered.

Yes, we all know that left-wing media outlets, such as the dying New York Times, need Iraq to fail to redeem their credibility. They’ll do all they can to dismiss any sign of progress.

But the perverted gloating over recent Iraqi military operations in Basra combines willful ignorance of military affairs with a shameless manipulation of the facts. Yes, some local Iraqi police and new military recruits ran away. But that was all that the media reported.

Where was the coverage of the 95 percent of the Iraqi security forces who did their duty? Some fought superbly. The Iranian-backed gangs and militias took a beating.

Muqtada al Sadr – not the central government – asked for a cease-fire. The Iraqi military remains in Basra, still pushing (and freeing the occasional kidnapped journalist). The government now has a presence where lawlessness prevailed – and it took control of Basra’s vital port facilities, the country’s economic lifeline.

But all we continue to hear about is the one Iraqi cop or soldier in 20 who ran away.

Read the rest here.

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  • Oldflyer

    Perhaps this is a good place to make a pitch for Michael Yon’s book “Moment of Truth in Iraq”. It is not yet on the bookshelves, but it can be ordered direct. There is a link at his website, Michael is using the proceeds of his book to finance his contiued excellent reporting from Iraq. I received my copy in two or three days, and it is simply a fascinating and enlightening read. This book is hot off the press, and is almost up to the minute in its reporting.

    TRelative to Bookworms’s post; Yon candidly speaks of the strengths and weaknesses of the Iraqi culture and society, including the Iraqi Army and National Police. It is a mixed report, but on balance is decidedly positive.

    The other very positive note is his assesment of Maliki as a leader. This is a take you will never, ever read or hear in the MSM or from the mouths of Democratic blabbers. They cannot say anything positive because they long ago–and perhaps very prematurely– speaking from their over-stuffed chairs, in their very secure environment, wrote him off as a failure.

    If you read it, you will be glad you did. You will wish that it were required reading in every classroom from high school through University; and by every politician or politician wannbe.

  • Allen

    What many people have been missing is a huge nugget of gold. The Iraqi Army and Police have entered Basra and are being met with gratitude and hope. This has never happened in that country. The presence of authority was always to be feared.

    This empowering of people by the presence of the force of law is not being missed by the Iraqis. This is profound, to whit: government is present to protect the rights of people.

    Basra… Check

  • suek

    Somewhere I found this, and it has a lot of truth:

    Peace is not the absence of war…Peace is the presence of Justice.

  • Ymarsakar

    Peace is when there is nobody left to fight you. And this could mean peace of the grave or the peace of prosperity. The Left likes the peace that comes from the cycle of slavery.

  • Mike Devx

    I’m looking forward to Michael Yon’s book. I ordered it a few days back, but I made the mistake of checking ‘send all books in a single shipment’, so now I have to wait until May due to my other ordered books… idiot me.

    Once the Iraq War is settled, I strongly hope General Petraeus gets his well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize for showing the way in which terrorists and insurgents can be defeated without wholescale slaughter of civilians. In this day and age where most of war consists of terrorism and insurgency, this is an achievement of profound importance.

  • Ymarsakar

    Petraeus is too good for the Peace Prize. It would just provide validation to all the mass murderers who got the Peace Prize.

  • Oldflyer

    No I wouldn’t hold my breath for a peace prize for Petraeus. In fact if BO is elected he could find himself in the outhouse–so to speak.

    Extending the subject a bit. The front page of the Washington Post this morning has a story about the Afghan Commando group formed and trained by our Special Forces. They are 4,000 strong and apparently quite formidable. Who would have guessed that such was going on below the media radar horizon?

    Back to Yon’s book; there is one vignette (aside from the cover) that literally chokes me up. An interpreter with one of our front-line units was wounded, not seriously, but was convinced he was going to die. He told his troopers, “bury my heart in America”.