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Jewish World Review June 8, 2008 / 5 Sivan 5768

Would prominent Islamists be turning non-violent if violence hadn't failed sospectacularly in Iraq?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Notable progress" has been made in Iraq, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at a conference in Stockholm May 29.

"I have a feeling that things are better," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a surprise visit to Iraq last weekend. "The Iraqis themselves, with their army, their administration, are taking charge of their own problems."

If the UN and the French can see progress in Iraq, why can't Sen. Barack Obama? Maybe because he hasn't been there in more than two years. Sen. Obama's ignorance is understandable if he's been relying for his information on reporting from the "mainstream" media.

We've seen two trends in Iraq since all the troops in the troop surge arrived in August of last year. U.S. and Iraqi civilian casualties have plummeted, and so has news coverage of the war.

In May, U.S. military deaths in Iraq plunged to their lowest level (21) since February of 2004 (20), a decline of nearly 60 percent from April. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this on the bottom of Page A-4, beneath a lengthy feature on the increasingly irrelevant Moqtada al Sadr.

"For long stretches over the past 12 months, Iraq virtually disappeared from the front pages of the nation's newspapers and from the nightly network newscasts," writes Sherry Ricchiardi in the current issue of American Journalism Review.

According to a report issued in March by the Project for Excellence in Journalism of the Pew Foundation, news from Iraq filled 23 percent of network newscasts during the first ten weeks of 2007. That fell to 3 percent in the first ten weeks of this year. On cable networks, coverage of Iraq fell from 24 percent of the news hole to 1 per cent.

The presidential primaries, shrinking news holes, and the high cost of maintaining correspondents in Baghdad are the chief reasons for the decline, news executives told Ms. Ricchiardi.

Others suspect success in Iraq is not a story most journalists wish to emphasize: "Coverage is down on Iraq because American troops are bleeding less, and for no other reason," wrote Iraq war veteran Jason Van Steenwyk on his blog. "If American troops were bleeding more, it would be right back on the front pages."

The tone and content of such stories about Iraq as have been written recently lend credence to Mr. Van Steenwyk's suspicion:

"The tactical success of the surge should not be misconstrued as making Iraq a safer place for American soldiers," wrote the New York Times' David Carr in a Memorial Day story. "Last year was the bloodiest in the five year history of the conflict, with more than 900 dead, and last month 52 perished, making it the bloodiest month of the year so far."

That paragraph is a textbook illustration of how to mislead through selective reporting. Last year was the bloodiest year in the war, but the vast majority of the casualties were in the first eight months, while the surge battles were being fought, and before all the surge troops were in place. This is like emphasizing that the Battle of the Bulge was the bloodiest for Americans in World War II, without mentioning it broke the back of the German army.

This war isn't over. But we may be about to cross the Rhine.

In the first eight months of 2007, U.S. troops averaged 92 deaths per month, according to the figures kept by iCasualties.org. In the nine months since, the average has plunged to 38.

In the first eight months of 2007, Iraqi civilian deaths averaged 1,856 per month. In the nine months since, the average has fallen to 573. May's figure, 396, is the lowest since December, 2005.

Al Qaida has been "essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the rest of the world," CIA Director Michael Hayden said in a May 30 interview with the Washington Post.

"If progress continues at this rate, it is very possible that before 2008 is out, we can finally say, 'the war has ended,' wrote Michael Yon, who has spent more time embedded with U.S. troops than any other journalist.

Al Qaida chose to make Iraq the central front in its war against the United States, and has been crushed there. The blow to its reputation in the Arab world has been so great that Islamists led by Ayman al Zawahiri's mentor (who goes by the nom de guerre Dr. Fadl) are attacking al Qaida's ideology, declaring it immoral to kill innocent civilians, even "Crusaders and Jews."

Would prominent Islamists be turning non-violent if violence hadn't failed so spectacularly in Iraq?

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