Video Report on Al-Qaeda’s Killing Fields
Al-Hurra, a U.S.-funded Arabic news channel, aired a disturbing report on five newly-discovered mass graves (Arabic language footage, opens immediately) along the shores of Tharthar Lake, an area that until recently was an Al-Qaeda bastion.
Tens of bodies have been counted so far, many of them dumped in shallow pits or at the sites of training camps that used to belong to the Saddam’s Feddayeen paramilitary units and that were later appropriated by Al-Qaeda.
The gruesome images—there’s a disclaimer about their effect on viewers—show scattered bones and tattered clothes; the authorities speculate that most of the victims were kidnapped last winter since they were wearing heavy clothing. What hurts most is the presence of animal droppings around the bones suggesting that packs of wild animals made a feast of the victims.
Many Iraqis, me included, are waiting to hear anything about our “disappeared” family members and friends. Whenever such a number of decomposed bodies are found, there is a macabre hope that we’d finally have an answer.
Now that the insurgency—the war that Al-Qaeda and the enemies of the New Iraq had launched—is over, we can start dealing with the trauma of what has happened to us over the last four years, in addition to the pain and suffering of the preceding Ba’athist nightmare.
Yet there’s one thing I will never get over: how the anti-Bush crowd and the insurgents have overlapped in rhetoric and fantasy.
So when dilettantes claiming to be Iraq "experts" still obsessively adhere to the “Iraq is a disaster” line, I begin to imagine that their wounded egos—since they’re wrong, so utterly wrong—would secretly cheer whenever the bad guys strike again in Iraq, because that may generate a bad headline with a Baghdad byline thus prolonging the shelf-life of the myths they’ve constructed.
There’s been a diarrhea of “experts” who’ve weighed-in on Iraq after having picked-up a couple of primers on the topic. They are intellectual frauds, and they know it. What’s funnier is that they believe they have a firmer grasp on Iraq’s reality because they read the New York Times and news outlets of a similar ideological bent, and foolishly challenge the opinions of those who rely on their own sourcing.
These hordes of discredited journos, academics and pundits are spitting and pissing into the wind, and they are starting to look like a mess.
The neocons were supposed to be the delusional, inbred ideologues that’ve shut out the real world; it’s ironic that nowadays this characterization so perfectly fits the “Iraq is a disaster” crowd…