Sunday, September 21, 2003[posted by jaed at 12:40 PM]
Late out the gate again
(Everyone's already linked this too, but I want to put a link here for my own use.) An anti-war judge visits Iraq for five weeks, as part of a delegation to help evaluate the Iraqi justice system. here (more readable format) and here (more complete text).
Like virtually every first-person report that hasn't come through the conventional media, he tells us that the story we're getting from said media doesn't reflect reality. (It startles me how close to unanimous this view is. And it scares me, since most people don't have access to non-conventional views.)
Having decided to topple Saddam, we cannot abandon those who trust us. I fear we will quit as the horrors of war come into our living rooms. Look at the stories you are getting from the media today. The steady drip, drip, drip of bad news may destroy our will to fulfill the obligations we have assumed. WE ARE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE TRUTH FROM THE NEWS MEDIA. The news you watch, listen to and read is highly selective. Good news doesn't sell.(emphasis in original)
It's a very interesting read, with both plaudits and complaints about both Iraqis and US forces. If by some chance you haven't read it yet, you should.