Sunday, March 05, 2006

Instapunditry, or Facts don't matter

Via Watching America, what appears to be a fairly moderate response to events of recent weeks, from a story at Azzaman.com:

The occupation may not directly be responsible for the current divisions in the society but it has encouraged them and paved the way for them to take roots that have become almost impossible to wipe out.

The sectarian ditches were dug by Iraqi hands but the occupation helped in the digging, filling these ditches with fuel and setting them on fire.

It is naïve to blame the bombing of the shrine of holy imams in Samarra for the current upheaval. Sectarian tensions were simmering and the bombing was only meant to add more fuel to the already raging sectarian fire. …

It is good to try to contain the disturbances in the aftermath of shrine’s bombing but those in charge must remember civil strife will persist unless the reasons that led to its creation are addressed. …

Filling Iraqi streets with tanks, armored personnel carriers and troops will not solve the problem.
Meanwhile, Instapundit instapundits:
The press had better hope we win this war, because if we don't, a lot of people will blame the media.
Yes. The media, who reported that we didn't win the war. Who else could we blame for losing the war? Surely not the ones who failed to send enough troops to successfully rebuild, or to adequately secure the weapons caches, including the plastic explosives which are now killing our troops.

Surely not the Generals who insist that we aren't on the verge of a civil war. Nor the Secretary of Defense who failed to implement simple planning that the State Department did before the war.

No, let us blame the media for reporting these failures. That makes the most sense.

Insty links to lengthier comments in which he seems to argue that the press can only be free so long as it censors itself. Odd.