Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Sunni Minority’s New Best Friends: American Elite Media

The MSM outlets have discovered the Sunni. Even a cursory glance at stories in the WaPo, NYT and the like over the past few days shows the MSM rushing to the Sunni's "defense", alleging (what else?) voter fraud and disenfranchisement perpetrated against that large Iraqi religious minority. Cynical? Of course. Opportunistic? You know it. Contrarian? Completely.
The sad thing is, what regular, patriotic Americans find reprehensible--“Vengeful Insurgents Ramp Up Iraq Attacks By Jason Keyser, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents struck back with a vengeance following a post-election lull, waylaying a minibus carrying new Iraqi army recruits, firing on Iraqis heading for work at a U.S. base and gunning down an Iraqi soldier in the capital, officials said Thursday. Two U.S. Marines were killed in action…”--is perfectly understandable to the American Elite Media.
Writes Keyser, “Because many Sunni's stayed away from the polls, influential Sunni clerics — including many who had called for a boycott — are now challenging the legitimacy of the balloting and the government that will emerge from it…Fears have emerged that the election outcome could leave the country's Sunni Arab minority further alienated and continue to fuel the Sunni-led insurgency...
Reconciling the Sunni Arab minority, which accounts for 20 percent of Iraq's 26 million people, will be a key challenge for the new parliament, which is expected to be dominated by Shiite Muslim political factions...A group of leading Sunni clerics on Wednesday issued their first statement since the election, calling the vote illegitimate and saying they would not participate in the writing a constitution…The Sunni clerical Association of Muslim Scholars (who advocate suicide bombings—Suburban Cowboy), which had called for an election boycott, said the new government would lack legitimacy because many Sunnis stayed home on election day..."We cannot participate in the drafting of a constitution written under military occupation," said association spokesman, Mohammed Bashar al-Feidhi…”

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