Beer Monday Linkfest: Insurgents Waxed and Other Developments

Good Monday to all. How about a beer? No clue why people have gotten upset about this commercial. Maybe it was some sort of PETA protest?

CNN has a story this morning about a battle in Najaf. Let's look at the highlights, shall we?

A pitched battle between U.S.-backed Iraqi troops and insurgents raged into the early hours Monday after Iraqi officials said they foiled a plot to attack pilgrims and kill leading clerics in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Najaf.

Iraqi interior and defense ministry officials told CNN that an estimated 250 to 300 gunmen had been killed in the fight north of Najaf. They were part of a force of 400 to 600 insurgents who planned a massive siege of Najaf on Tuesday, the culmination of the Shia holy period of Ashura.

Iraqi officials said insurgents planned to seize control of the city and surrounding province and kill top Shia religious figures — including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shiite leader.

Jraiwi said the Iraqis were tipped off that insurgents were gathering near the town of Zarqa, about six miles (10 km) north of Najaf. He said they moved southward among convoys of Shia pilgrims headed for Najaf for Ashura, when Shiites mark the 7th-century martyrdom of the Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

He said captured fighters told Iraqi authorities they planned to attack senior clerics and the Imam Ali Shrine at the heart of the city. He said insurgents were using small arms, mortars and rockets against Iraqi soldiers and police backed by U.S. troops and aircraft.

Notice something missing? No mention of who the "insurgents" were, as in, Sunni? CNN also seems to have checked their moral outrage at the door. Consider that these were religious people and their icons about to be attacked during the holy time of Ashura. Remember how news sites were incensed that Saddam was hung during the beginning of Ashura?

In "other developments"

Iraqi schoolgirls taking their midterm exams in Baghdad were the target of a mortar attack Sunday morning that killed five of the students and wounded 21, an Iraqi interior ministry official said. Insurgents fired at least three mortar rounds at the al-Khulood girls secondary school in western Baghdad, the official said. The girls who were killed were between the ages of 12 and 14 years.

Nothing to see, move along. It's just some kids being killed. No big deal to CNN. Hanging Saddam, a brutal dictator, caused more angst among the media elite.

Quick update: the media is reporting that the attackers were a splinter Shiite group. My mistake.

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3 Responses to “Beer Monday Linkfest: Insurgents Waxed and Other Developments”

  1. Stacy says:

    I thought the commercial was quite tame. I don’t get it either.

  2. Maggie says:

    I’m taking a wild stab here ….in the past the use of “animals” (ie Camel cigs “Camel”) in promoting cigarettes or alcohol (ie the Budweiser frogs) is claimed by “some” to be directed at children.

    Therefore, unacceptable.

  3. Maggie, Stacy, I figure that PETA cannot tell the difference between and fake gorilla and a real one, and figure that rolling rock is taking advantage of one of mother natures creates to sell beer. To children. For profit.

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