Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Could the AP -- gasp! -- being trying to advance an agenda?

The headline says "Violence Breaks Out All Over Baghdad." The story, however, paints a somewhat different picture:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Baghdad exploded in violence Saturday, as insurgents attacked a U.S. patrol and a police station, assassinated four government employees and detonated several bombs. One American soldier was killed and nine were wounded during clashes that also left three Iraqi troops and a police officer dead. Some of the heaviest violence came in Azamiyah, a largely Sunni Arab district of Baghdad where a day earlier U.S. troops raided the capital's main Sunni mosque. Shops were in flames, and a U.S. Humvee burned, with the body of what appeared to be its driver inside.

U.S. forces and insurgents also battled in the Sunni Triangle city of Ramadi, where clashes have been seen almost daily. Nine Iraqis were killed and five wounded in Saturday's fighting, hospital officials said. In northern Iraq (news - web sites), U.S. and Iraqi forces uncovered four decapitated bodies as they continued a campaign to crush militants who rose up last week. American and Iraqi forces detained 30 suspected guerrillas overnight in Mosul, the U.S. military said Saturday.

I'm sorry, but in a country the size of Iraq, fighting in a Baghdad neighborhood and in the Sunni triangle, and some grisly discoveries and arrests in some unnamed place in Northern Iraq, do not equal "all over Iraq." I suspect that the AP, which realizes most people are merely headline readers, might be trying to shape the public view about what's going on in Iraq. Am I surprised? No. Dismayed and a bit disgusted? Yes.