THE NEWS from Iraq has been so encouraging in recent months that last week even the mainstream media finally sat up and took notice. Can the Democratic Party be far behind?Como dijimos anteriormente (aquí y aquí), los medios críticos con la intervención en Irak están cambiando poco a poco su posición "animados" por la realidad de los hechos. ¿Significará esto cambios en el mapa político, tan "interdependiente" de los medios de comunicación?
In a story titled "Baghdad Comes Alive," Rod Nordland reports in the current Newsweek on the heartening transformation underway in the Iraqi capital:
"Returning to Baghdad after an absence of four months," he writes, "I can actually say that things do seem to have gotten better, and in ways that may even be durable . . . There hasn't been a successful suicide car bombing in Baghdad in five weeks . . . Al Qaeda in Iraq is starting to look like a spent force, especially in Baghdad."
The signs of life, Nordland acknowledges "grudgingly" - his word - are undeniable.
Newsweek's isn't the only big media voice bringing tidings of comfort and joy from the Iraqi theatre.
On Tuesday, The
New York Timesled its front page with a good-news headline - "Baghdad Starts to Exhale as Security Improves" - and a large photo of an Iraqi bride and groom, bedecked in wedding finery and accompanied by a band. Below that: a picture of smiling diners at Al Faris, a restaurant on the Tigris riverbank that is booming once again. Inside, across four columns, another photo showed an outdoor foosball game in Baghdad's Haifa Street, once dubbed the "Street of Fear" because it was the scene of so many lethal sectarian attacks.
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