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May 23, 2004

Can't win for losing

As if to make amends for the shameful failure of their Abu Ghraib team to come up with something worthy of the front page, the solons at the Times made a curious choice for a photograph to lead a story on an apparent American victory in Iraq:  the successful campaign to drive Al Sadr's Mahdi Army out of Karbala.    Lest we forget, this was accomplished with minimal US and collateral civilian casualties, great loss of life among the insurgents, and without damage to the holy shrines or alienating Shiite public opinion in Iraq. 

A memorial service on Saturday for three soldiers killed in operations in the holy Shiite city of Karbala

(It is a moving picture.    I just wish it weren't being used in a political effort to insure that these soldiers' sacrifice was made in vain.)

May 23, 2004 at 01:43 PM | Permalink


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