Where’s That Civil War In Iraq That The Media Was Promising?

On Friday of last week, the media was looking at what was happening in Iraq and screaming, “Civil War! Civil War! Civil War!” at the top of their lungs. Here’s what I was saying at the same time:

“(T)he media has been saying the exact same thing they’re saying today for 3 years, they’ve been wrong the entire time, and they look to be just as wrong right now.”

Of course, the media — in an attempt to justify their hysterical shrieking about a civil war — has played up every killing and mosque attack made by militia yahoos since the Golden Dome attack like it’s the first shell being fired on Fort Sumter.

But, take a look at some of the significant stories that aren’t getting the attention they deserve and ask yourself if Iraq really sounds like a country that’s about to erupt into open sectarian warfare:

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“THE movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, alleged to have played a role in the anti-Sunni violence over the last few days, publicly made peace with political and religious Sunni leaders overnight.

Four sheikhs from the Sadr movement made a “pact of honour” with the conservative Sunni Muslim Scholars Association, and called for an end to attacks on places of worship, the shedding of blood and condemning any act leading to sedition.”

Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani called for “easing things down and not attacking any Sunni mosques and shrines.”

Sistani’s office was quick to issue a statement: “We call upon believers to express their protest…through peaceful means. The extent of their sorrow and shock should not drag them into taking actions that serve the enemies who have been working to lead Iraq into sectarian strife.”

Sunnis were quick to demonstrate solidarity with the Shias in Samarra and to condemn the mosque bombings. Demonstrations of solidarity between Sunnis and Shias followed all over Iraq. Some of the bigger demonstrations were held in Basra, Diwaniyah, Nasiriyah, Kut, and Salah Al-Din.”

“We’re not seeing civil war igniting in Iraq,” Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, a spokesman for the U.S. command, told reporters.”

“Religious leaders met for talks and summoned Shi’ites and Sunnis to joint prayer services….Shi’ite and Sunni clerics met Friday and agreed to work to discourage killings between the two sects….In a statement read on national television, top Shi’ite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, condemned the killings of all Iraqis as well as reprisal attacks on Sunni or Shi’ite mosques. He said those who carried out the mosque bombing in Samarra “do not represent the Sunnis in Iraq.”…Dhafer al-Ani, spokesman for the biggest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, praised al-Hakim’s statement, calling it “a step on the road of healing the wounds.”

“Leaders of the main Sunni Arab political bloc have decided to return to suspended talks over the formation of a new government, the top Sunni negotiator said Sunday.”

The media has one template when it comes to Iraq, folks: civil war, strife, and failure. No matter what happens, that’s always what they’re going to tell you is happening. Maybe that’s because they decided Iraq couldn’t work and refuse to change their minds. Maybe they just don’t believe that Arabs can build a successful democracy. Maybe they want to see Iraq fall apart because Bush would get the credit if it succeeds. Whatever their reasoning may be, it’s overly pessimistic, negative, and largely wrong and has been so for the length of the war.

The war in Iraq hasn’t been the picnic in a rose garden that the press and most of the Democrats seem to think it should be, but it has been largely successful and looks likely to remain so. We are on track to win in Iraq, and relatively soon. By the end of next year, if not earlier, expect the vast majority of our troops to be home, Iraqis to be policing their own country, and a thriving democracy to continue on in the place of what used to be an America-hating, terrorist-supporting dictator. That is victory and when it finally occurs, expect the press to claim that they knew it would work all along.

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