Colin Powell made a statement yesterday that will be spinning every which way but loose by the main-stream media, it is none other but a statement of truth and that is Iraq's violence meets the standard of civil war. Why does this sound so pertinent? It is because the way the main-stream media has been dancing around the issue refusing to call this war what it is, in a way it does not really matter except by the media not calling the war what it is, well, it looks as though they are in denial. This is not really the first time Powell has disagreed with the regime, in 2004 Powell came out and said that the evidence concerning the cause for war was a mistake, in other words the evidence he submitted to the United Nations to justify war, may have been wrong. "a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country. a conflict within a given society or nation state."
Going back to the civil war in Iraq and the media, and let us look at what exactly is a civil war, one definition would be this;
Let's check out another criteria for civil war and that would be this;"a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight for political power or control of an area. Political scientists use two criteria: the warring groups must be from the same country and fighting for control of the political center, control over a separatist state or to force a major change in policy. The second criteria is that at least 1,000 people must have been killed in total, with at least 100 from each side." Like I say I don't know if the media is in denial or lap dogs, or they did not do to well in history, this has been going on and escalating steadily since the elections that were held in Iraq and a lot of it seems politically motivated as well as religious, but at least the subject gives the media something to talk about and spin on, sometimes I think if they ever run out of spin there might not be to much left for them to talk about.
Yesterday the bipartisan Iraq study group put together views and opinions and called for a gradual pull-out of American troops from Iraq and was approved unanimously by the 10 member panel. The panel did not call for a specific timetable on the withdrawal but the report makes it clear that Mr. Bush emphasize to the Iraqis, that withdrawal is imminent. We will see shortly what the reaction will be to this decision, but I remain a pessimist when it comes to the language that is in the report, but also it is a give and take situation here and it was a bipartisan panel that came up with this and unlike our school days we "can't just grab our ball and go home."
"a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country. a conflict within a given society or nation state."This is quite a broad definition I know but this will get you into the mind-set of the media, to which seem more and more puppets of the state. NBC however was the first one to get tired of rolling over, so they made a statement in the effect that Iraq was involved in a civil war, it said basically that it met its definition to be called a civil war. But as I stated before it would seem that most of the media is in denial of the facts presented to them or they are lap dogs, it has to be one of the two, these people are supposed to be journalists they had to have attended college somewhere, but increasingly to me it seems they might have flunked History.