DATE: 1/13/2004 09:57:00 AM
Boo Freakin' Hoo - Instapundit highlights a story in the Washington Post, which points out the loss of status some former members of the Baath party are experiencing in Iraq. The story focuses on the "trials" of Ismael Mohammed Juwara, a former member of Saddam Hussein's secret police. He is shunned by his neighbors, forced to sell diesel fuel:
"We were on top of the system. We had dreams...Now we are the losers. We lost our positions, our status, the security of our families, stability. Curse the Americans. Curse them."As Captain's Quarters points out, the reporter makes no attempt whatsoever to put the story in context, instead, he paints a picture with which we're presumably supposed to sympathize. What did Juwara do as a member of Saddam's secret police? How many men did he torture? How many women did he rape? How many people did he send to their deaths? I'm supposed to feel sorry for this guy? Please.
Before the war, reporters were reluctant to point out the horrors of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Some compromised their journalistic integrity for access to the former Iraqi ruler. Now they are asking us to show understanding for the plight of Saddam's former thugs. American journalists stand no chance of regaining the public's trust if they can't understand the difference between being objective about a story and sympathizing with tyrants.