Sunday, January 6, 2008

Stepping Up

I rarely post about death and destruction in Iraq. There are plenty of place on the Internet to get that. But here I am, about to go to bed, when I came across this story: Three Iraqi Soldiers throwing themselves on a suicide bomber in Baghdad to subdue him. (via The Long War Journal)

I get so tired of hearing people around me say that the Iraqis aren't stepping up. When I tell them that they really don't know what they are talking about, they look at me as if I'd been sniffing some crazy glue or drinking the Kool-Aid.

I could go on and on about the unreported and underreported stories of the Iraqi security forces by the mainstream media, but what I recommend to anyone (and everyone) is to simply go to The Long War Journal, click here to read short updates on Iraq, click here to read feature articles on Iraq. Don't want to read so much? Try this article with several graphs depicting the decrease in violence in Iraq. Or try this article on the "Concerned Local Citizens" groups popping up all over Iraq; these are the local people organizing to secure their villages and neighborhoods, letting the bad guys know that violence is not welcome.

And, of course, if you like the information you got there for free, consider making a tax-deductible donation to PMI, the nonprofit organization that brings us this great information. The donation button is in the upper right hand corner of every page.