Iraq. The land of mission accomplished. The place where grateful citizens scatter flower petals in the path of their saviors--the U.S. military. Where civil war is but a liberal-dominated-media-manufactured concept. Oh, frabjous day, we are victorious!
How, then, to explain the uncharitable and negative spin of the New York Times, (h/t to LeftyMN) to wit:
A growing number of Iraqis are saying that the United States is to blame for creating conditions that led to the worst single suicide bombing in the war, which devastated a Shiite market in Baghdad on Saturday. They argued that the Americans had been slow in completing the vaunted new American security plan, making Shiite neighborhoods much more vulnerable to such horrific attacks.
A funeral was held in Najaf on Sunday for some of the victims. Many Shiites believe the Mahdi Army should be allowed to protect them.
The critics said the new plan, which the Americans have started to execute, had emasculated the Mahdi Army, the Shiite militia that is considered responsible for many attacks on Sunnis, but that many Shiites say had been the only effective deterrent against sectarian reprisal attacks in Baghdadfs Shiite neighborhoods.
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Meanwhile in the streets of Sadriya, the poor, mostly Shiite area of central Baghdad where the bomb exploded on Saturday, merchants and residents struggled to contain their anger.
"I saw with my own eyes young children flying from the windows of the apartments on top of the shops when the explosion arrived," said Haydar Abdul Jabbar, 28, a car mechanic who was standing near a barber shop when the bomb exploded. "One woman threw herself out of the window when the fire came close to her."
Mr. Abdul Jabbar said he rushed to collapsed buildings trying to help the wounded, but found mainly hands, skulls and other body parts.
"The government is supposed to protect us, but they are not doing their job," he said. "I watch the TV and see the announcements on the imminent implementation of the security plan. Where is it, for God's sake?"
"I wish they would attack us with a nuclear bomb and kill us all," he added, "so we will rest and anybody who wants the oil '" which is the core of the problem '" can come and get it. We can not live this way anymore. We are dying slowly every day."
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The scene was thick with anger directed at the Iraqi government and American military for letting the people down and allowing such a devastating attack. When asked about the "tragedy" of the blast, one Mahdi guard responded, "The only tragedy was when we voted for weak officials."
He then pointed toward the bombed-out buildings and added, "This is the result."
Later, when two American Humvees and an Iraqi patrol passed just after 1 p.m., one of the men in black called the soldiers "apes and cowards."
"They're the ones who brought us the catastrophe," one of them said. "If they were not here such a thing wouldn't happen to us."
Creator, forgive them if you can, for they know exactly what they're doing.