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U.S. Papers Fri: The Odds and Ends of Iraq News
Sensationalist Stories, War Crimes and Blow-Back are All That is Available
01/04/2008 01:48 AM ET
Despite the Iraq War being the number one topic of the Iowa caucus, the caucus itself is the story today. Odds and Ends- type news stories on Iraq are what the major U.S Papers feature today. Awkward statements from Shi'a cleric al-Hakim supporting Sunni death squads tops the list. Other stories describe how people met their end and an Opinion piece retells a very common question on the war: make peace with our enemies or fight at full capacity? America’s favorite Shi’a cleric Abdul Aziz al-Hakim went on record as praising the U.S. formulated Sunni militias

“While Mr. Hakim did not say whether the groups should be continued indefinitely, his speech appeared to soften more cautious comments he made just last month, when he warned that the Sunni groups should operate only in the most dangerous areas and should not be seen as a replacement for government forces.”

The Washington Post has a depressing story about a 20-year old enlisted mother from Redlands, California who was run over after a drunken night in Iraq. Donna St. George opens a disturbing window into just one of the more than 700 non-combat deaths in Iraq. St. George’s investigation uncovers the story of alcohol, sex, and a cover up.

Josh White looks into the investigation into the Haditha killings. None of the Marines are to be charged with killing 24 innocent civilians in the Nov. 19, 2005 shootings, but rather covering up the event. “The Marine Corps at first charged eight Marines and officers with murder or failing to investigate an apparent war crime. The charges have since been narrowed to four men in the unit, after three were cleared and a fourth was granted immunity to testify.”

Ellen Knickmeyer reports the simple news that a suspected PKK car bomb detonates, killing five and injuring 60 in Diyarbakir. It is a reminder that there is direct linkage between the two regions.

USA Today also features an opinion piece entitled "Moral Reasoning Doesn't Work With Terrorists". In the editorial by Walter N. Zeh, he explains that the idea of peacefully ending the current war in Iraq is a nice thought, but he explains,"Sadly, this type of conflict comes down to sheer military resolve and might." Zeh brings up the millions of dollars donated to the cause by Americans in Hurricane Katrina raised public opinion of the United Sates in outside countries. By making friends of your enemies, conflict can be resolved. Sadly, he does not think this concept can apply to our current war in Iraq.

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