Monday, June 27, 2005

Chrenkoff reports, Good News from Iraq

Many are making large haybales from recent polls about American resolve in the war on terror and in the Iraq war in particular. As has been reported elsewhere, those polls use demographic sampling that wouldn't survive at such polling houses as Gallup, Gartner, and Pew. My take on it is that even if you grant that the samples are OK (and I don't, mind you) that it's more indicative of the type of information being reported to those people. If they had the full details, they'd be selecting different answers. Fortunately for those of us familiar with the blogosphere, we have access to Arthur Chrenkoff. His latest Good News from Iraq is up today and, as ususal contains dozens and dozens of under-reported or ignored stories from Iraq that show that positive events are happening, and more often than the negative ones.

::::::::A prominent politician has recently penned this opinion piece for a major American daily:

Today I am traveling to Brussels to join representatives of more than 80 governments and institutions in sending a loud and clear message of support for the political transition in Iraq.

A year ago, in Resolution 1546, the U.N. Security Council set out the timetable that Iraq, with the assistance of the United Nations and the international community, was expected to fulfill. The Brussels conference is a chance to reassure the Iraqi people that the international community stands with them in their brave efforts to rebuild their country, and that we recognize how much progress has been made in the face of daunting challenges...

As the process moves forward, there will no doubt be frustrating delays and difficult setbacks. But let us not lose sight of the fact that all over Iraq today, Iraqis are debating nearly every aspect of their political future...

In a media-hungry age, visibility is often regarded as proof of success. But this does not necessarily hold true in Iraq. Even when, as with last week's agreement, the results of our efforts are easily seen by all, the efforts themselves must be undertaken quietly and away from the cameras.

Who is this unreconstructed optimist who, going against most media reports, refuses to acknowledge that Iraq is fast descending into hell? If you answered George Bush, Dick Chaney or Condoleeza Rice, you're wrong. If you answered Tony Blair, you're wrong too. The correct answer is Kofi Annan.

Two years and a democratic election later, the international community, deeply sceptical if not hostile at first, is now increasingly coming onboard to help Iraq make the transition to a normal country. While stories of violence dominate the news, these international and domestic efforts to rebuild Iraq after decaded of physical and political devastation continue to pick up pace. Below is a selection of past two weeks' worth of stories which, if get reported at all, usually drowned by the tide of negativity.

It's worth the time. Be informed.