Friday, February 04, 2005

Iraq meets Kurosawa 
Looks like someone's been dropping copies of The Seven Samurai in a little town called al-Mudhariya.

The Iraqi police have investigated a case in the village of al-Mudhariya, which is just south of Baghdad. The villagers there say that before the election insurgents came and warned them that if they voted in last weekend's election, they would pay.

Now the people of this mixed village of Sunni and Shia Muslims, they ignored the threat and they did turn out to vote.

We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents' car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.

What's interesting about this story, though, isn't the idea that Iraqis have stood up to insurgents. Iraqis do that every single day, just by showing up to work as policemen.

What's interesting to me is the way the story was packaged by NPR personnel stateside. It's obvious the correspondent on the ground wanted to lead in with the al-Mudhariya story. He goes right to it.

But the way he's introduced by the announcer in the US, Tony Eastley, indicates Eastley or the people who write the news for him in the comfort of home don't have a clue.

In Iraq insurgents have returned to their grizzly trade, killing more than two dozen people, including two US Marines.

In the deadliest attack insurgents ambushed a bus and killed 12 Iraqi army recruits.

It ended the relative calm that existed during the election last weekend.

Election officials meanwhile have released the first results of Sunday's historic election, but have cautioned against attempting to extrapolate nationwide totals from the small numbers.

The ABC's Middle East Correspondent, Mark Willacy, is in the Iraqi capital,

The juxtaposition of the intro and the story itself is almost surreal.

Oh, and the term "grizzly trade," outside of an article on the Alaskan and Canadian trapping industry, is difficult to bear.

I think they meant "grisly."

Splash, out

(Via Ali)

Or maybe "gristly"? ;)
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