More grim news from Iraq:
The police reported finding 87 bodies today scattered around the city, as the wave of reprisal killings in the wake of Sunday’s attack on Shiite civilians appeared to gain steam.
Inside the Command The victims, all male, were shot or strangled after being bound and blindfolded. Many of the bodies were found in Sadr City, the Shiite-controlled area where Sunday’s bombings took place. The Interior Ministry also reported finding 29 bodies buried in the city’s western regions and 15 bodies were found in a minibus on a road heading out of the city, according to the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
The wave of killings began with a graphic display of street violence on Monday, in which Shiite vigilantes seized four men suspected of terrorist attacks, interrogated them, beat them, killed them and left their bodies dangling from lampposts, witnesses and government officials said. The sense of growing lawlessness deepened Monday night with a mortar strike against a well-known Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing three people.
This gets any worse, it is going to be as bad as East Philadelphia (/inappropriate snark).
In all seriousness, something odd has happened the past few weeks with me not reading blogs and relying on the MSM for my news. One of the things I have discovered is that both sides of the blogosphere have far more passionate perceptions of Iraq than does the general public. If I were to rely on the MSM for news on Iraq, I certainly wouldn’t hear many positive stories (as there simply are not many), but at the same time, the coverage I have seen, outside of the intense scrutiny, is not as bad as the right wing of the blogosphere would have you believe.
In other words, from what I have seen the past month, the media seems to be playing it pretty straight- if you relied solely on CNN and MSNBC and Fox, your perception of Iraq would be one of “gee- it sure seems like a mess,” but the coverage does not appear to be focusing only on the bad- it is just the bad (like, for example, 87 dead in one day) is much more newsworthy.
The overall perception, though, would be the absence of news at all. Just watching CNN a while ago, I saw a 5 minute piece on a website called Don’t Date Him Girl (dedicated to cheating men), 5 minutes of weather, and then, almost as a casual aside, a report about a Marine death and 87 dead in Iraq. Were you to ask me about the state of Iraq today, given that I have not been paying attention for the past few weeks, my answer would be “Doesn’t seem very good,” but it would be difficult for me to elaborate. Such is the modern media.