The Rest of the Story from Falluja

A glance at the assault on Falluja through the American media
lens paints a gritty but ultimately noble picture — a fight for
democracy. This angle is conspicuously absent from independent and
international coverage of the endeavor, however. For instance, at
the antiwar.com weblog, the authors argue that, after this latest
urban assault,
U.S.
efforts to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people
may
fall on deaf (or dead) ears. Why? Well, because at the moment, it
seems dogs
are the only well-fed natives of the city
; and, in an effort to
prevent ‘propaganda’ regarding civilian casualties from the
assault,
coalition
forces have closed Falluja’s hospital
, putting the injured and
dying out into the street to join the injured and dying. What’s
more, argues author Naomi Klein, even if Democracy is on its way in
Iraq, it may
be coming at too high a price
.

Finally, to learn about the history behind the rubble in this
beleaguered river city, check out
Falluja
101
.

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