Iraqis stopped to remember those slain under Saddam Hussein on May 16th as “Mass Graves Day,” but you didn’t hear about that from the American mainstream media.
Traffic stopped in Baghdad’s main streets and squares Wednesday as Iraqis observed a moment of silence to mark a new national day of remembrance for the victim’s of Saddam Hussein’s regime who were buried in mass graves.
The Iraqi government declared May 16 as Mass Grave Day to commemorate the day when the first such grave was uncovered near the Shiite town of Mahaweel, about 56 kilometers (35 miles) south of Baghdad.
Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shiite Muslims, were killed and buried in mass graves before Saddam was overthrown by U.S. forces in 2003.
Later, Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki tied together the mass graves with current Iraqi events:
During a conference held to commemorate the somber day, al-Maliki described the graves as one of “the ugly crimes” of Saddam’s regime and drew a parallel with the current daily attacks against Iraqis.
“The criminals are the same. In the past, they created the mass graves. Today, they explode, kill and behead innocent people,” he said.
The killing fields of Saddam Hussein are closed down, but the mainstream media doesn’t care to report on this Iraqi remembrance because it would be reporting good news from the war front. And the MSM won’t do that if they can avoid it. I did a quick search for “Mass Graves Day” on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and Fox News sites, with no results. I got one result from CBS, but that happened only because CBS searched for the individual words and not the phrase.
It is good news that Saddam is gone. It is good news that Iraq is working toward peace and prosperity. It is bad news that murderous thugs “explode, kill and behead innocent people,” but if it bleeds, it leads. This daily drumbeat of bad news is a tool used by the media to bash President Bush and demoralize the American people. Every time the media broadcasts body-count milestones and every bit of bad news, the murderous thugs in Iraq realize they just need to step up the suicide bombings, kidnappings or beheadings to get some media time.
Way to enable the enemy, media!
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit for finding the only media outlet who reported this, and kudos to the International Herald Tribune for not choosing to follow the pack.