The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Two views of Iraq

First is this personal e-mail sent by Wall Street Journal reporter. It paints a more grave picture of the situation on the ground there than what we're getting in vanilla news reports. After it began to circulate on the Web, the author was given a vacation by the paper. Until after the election.

Then there's this letter on the homefront, by a columnist for some Illinois "weekly shopper" publications who lost a grandson in the war.

Not much in the way of coverage in the mass media, but two chilling statements that bring home the tragedy of this misguided war.

That isn't to say that the networks are presenting a rosy picture of what's happening there. But the reporting is taking on a tone of "And in other news..." Three American employees of the DOD died today after a bomb exploded in a Green, or safe, Zone in Baghdad. CNN suggests that it could indicate increased violence with the beginning of Ramadan.