When progress is a taboo subject

Michael Ledeen at NRO’s Corner writes:

In March, 2004, nearly two hundred people were killed and hundreds more wounded in suicide attacks on the occasion of the Ashurah, the holiest day in the Shi’ite calendar. The disaster led the news. Last year Karbala was relatively calm, but there were bombings in Baghdad. Again, big news. This year, millions of people filled the streets of Karbala, and there was no violence. And Baghdad was also pretty calm. You might think this was newsworthy, but of course you’d be wrong. And you know why the MSM did not compare this year’s celebration with those of the recent past: the comparison would have suggested progress, and that’s taboo. Better to focus on Cheney’s TV preferences.

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