still talking about the looting
The hysterical tone of some press reports may reflect the fact that some of the reporters who have been sitting in Baghdad for months have lost sight of the nature of the Saddam regime: They are mystified by the exhilaration felt by so many liberated Iraqis.
But the failure of so many reports to mention the fact that many of the looted stores, institutions and even hospitals were linked to the regime is more troubling. These institutions were dedicated to the exclusive use of Ba'ath Party members - the ordinary public could not make use of them - or were owned and operated by known supporters of the regime.
It's interesting to note that some of the same media outlets that showed the images of the Saddam statue toppling down over and over again while their news people had orgasms of joy on air are the same outlets who are now crying Anarchy in Iraq!
And, upon further thought, where were these sobbing people when Saddam was systematically looting the museum for his own personal monetary benefit?
UPDATE Andrea is taking on the looting meme as well, and points to this article at Counterpunch:
And like the Mongols, U.S. troops stood by while Iraqi mobs looted and destroyed artifacts at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. They also reportedly joined looters who pillaged other lucrative targets like office buildings, stores, and private homes.
As Andrea stated, "But it's from Counterpunch.org, whose writers are all apparently in the last stages of crack withdrawal paranoia, so I'd say take it with a grain of salt."
I'm taking all these reports with a grain of salt - hell, with a giant chunk of it - but I am having a hard time getting past the fact that people will go through such contemptable lengths to discredit anything the United States does.
I'll put up a sign when I'm done ranting about this subject so you know when it's safe to come back. I'm still not done yet.