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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Explaining the rise of insurgence

In an item about the dreadful suicide bombing at a Shi'ite funeral in Mosul, Reuters informs its readers of the "root" causes:

The insurgents' ranks have been boosted by frustration at the US occupation, shootings of Iraqi civilians by troops and foreign contractors, and by abuse of prisoners in US-manned jails.

Very helpful, but that must be a matter of opinion don't you think? Can you imagine Reuter's running with this:

The insurgents’ ranks have been boosted by weak border controls in neighbouring countries, the fear that Baathists have of a democratic Iraq, and by the weak responses to terrorist attrocities of some nations participating in the rebuilding of Iraq.

Neither can I, but I strongly suspect that it is closer to the truth.


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