October 18, 2005

Media Can't Celebrate

There is one man more responsible than any other single person for the successful Iraqi election, and it is because they can't bring themselves to give George W. Bush the credit he deserves that the media are compelled to downplay the immense significance of the moment. Ralph Peters says it beautifully:

Never before in the Arab world have a country's citizens been permitted to vote on the laws that would govern them. Even had the draft constitution been rejected, this would have been a historic moment in the Middle East and beyond.

Our media's response? The vote doesn't matter. The constitution's flawed. Iraq's Sunni Arabs will resort to civil war. Enormous problems remain.

Well, big problems do remain in Iraq. There's certainly a potential for more internal strife. The constitution isn't perfect.

But to suggest that at least 9 million Iraqis casting peaceful ballots don't matter is just sour grapes on the part of those journalists and editors who've have been relentless in predicting failure in Iraq — and who've been wrong every single time.

If the day comes when the last U.S. troops leave a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Iraq, the headlines will read: "FAILURE IN IRAQ: THREE SUNNIS STILL UNHAPPY. "

Iraq may yet fail as a unified state. Violence will continue. But what's frustrating is the determination of so many in our media to convince the American people that Iraq's a hopeless mess. It's an example of vanity, selfishness and spite virtually without precedent in the history of journalism.

The greatest tragedy imaginable for our "mainstream media" would be to have to admit that President Bush was right about Iraq.

I do so hope that we'll soon see the spectacle of our media being obligated to cover the unveiling of the statue, or tribute of whatever sort, that will likely be erected in Iraq by Iraqis to honor and thank George W. Bush. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there will be any crow eaten by chastened Bush-bashering media types at that time. I just want to watch them squirm.

Related: WSJ Feature on Iraqi Referendum

Posted by dan at October 18, 2005 11:58 AM