Saturday, February 25, 2006

CNN Needs a New Story-Link Editor For Emerging Iraq Story

On the CNN main page today there is a link that reads, "Iraq curfew fails to stop fresh wave of bloodshed."

Fearing that the post-mosque bombing violence had begun to reappear I followed the link to a story headlined, "Iraqi leaders discuss unity government."

Now, which headline to believe? I suppose that would depend on the content of the story which begins,
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- In a dramatic show of solidarity amid fears of escalating violence, Iraq's leaders from virtually all political factions met Saturday to discuss the formation of a national unity government.

The meeting included representatives of the Iraqi Accord Front, which had announced a boycott of national unity talks following violent reprisals against Sunnis.

The gathering, televised live on Iraqi TV, included Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, President Jalal Talabani and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Also attending was U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.

Bolstering the show of unity were Shiite and Sunni religious and political leaders who met earlier in an effort to promote peace. They included representatives of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the Association of Muslim Scholars and the Iraqi Accord Front.
Further down the article adds,
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq . . . (and a) top Shiite political figure, joined the top Shiite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in urging Iraqis to remain calm and unite against extremists.
I do not believe that this is the result the bombers of the Golden Mosque expected and hoped for.

I also do not expect that this is the result that one of the CNN editors expected or hoped for either.