Thursday, September 30, 2004

Stories That Need to be Heard

(via Instapundit)

Iraq missions that work out are missing from mainstream media

''Samarra is a beaming success story over here,'' writes Lt. Col Jim Rose, a Tennessee Marine whose parents live in Old Hickory. ''We were getting ready for a take-down there right after Najaf. We told the locals, 'Hey, see what happened in Najaf? Is that what you want? Cause we're coming.' It took the locals about two days to get the bad guys out.''

Rose is based in the Sunni Triangle. That's where most U.S. casualties occur, where the Sunnis are supportive of terrorists coming in. Fallujah is there, along with Samarra and Najaf, where Marines drove terrorists out of one of Islam's holiest shrines.

Rose verified a message I received from another Marine officer in Iraq. He provided perspective missing in the media: ''Those achievements, more than anything else … account for the surge in violence in recent days — especially the violence directed at Iraqis by the insurgents. Both in Najaf and Samarra, ordinary people stepped out and took sides with the Iraqi government against the insurgents, and the bad guys are hopping mad. They are trying to instill fear once again.''


''The Najaf shrine — HUNDREDS of dead women and children were brought out after Sadr left,'' Rose wrote. ''They (Sadr's supporters) rounded them up during the battle and brought them in to be executed. Why? Because they anticipated the Americans would eventually enter the shrine and walk into a media ambush. We never went in. The people of Najaf love us right now because of that. They hate Sadr and want him dead.

UPDATE: Jason from COUNTERCOLUMN offers perspective regarding the subsequent battle in Samarra.

UPDATE: The Belmont Club offers an analysis of the battle for Samarra.

UPDATE: "J" from Iraq Calling (possibly the Marine quoted above) clarifies the optimistic view of Samarra prior to the recent battle.

I said that Samarra was a symbol of progress because we had been expecting for months that the place would be another Fallujah-like stronghold. The insurgents had free reign from May until September because our focus was elsewhere and they were relatively contained. The fact is that we were pleasantly surprised when it became apparent that large numbers of the insurgents, including foreign fighters were drummed out of town or at least laid very low because the residents were fed up.

Read the whole thing.


At October 2, 2004 at 9:17 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

Don't read this article, then, from the Pratt Tribune in Kansas. It's about Samarra.

It includes quotes like

"More than 100 guerrillas were killed and 37 captured on the first day of the operation Friday, according to an Iraqi official. The military said one American soldier was killed and four were wounded after some 5,000 swept in to seize the city hall, the main mosque and other key sites in Samarra.
The city appeared mostly calm Saturday except for in the center, where American snipers on rooftops fired at anybody appearing in the streets below."


"A 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew was in effect, and water and electricity services were severed."


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