The Media's Blurred Image
Mohammed from Iraq the Model reflects the day after the successful elections:
The world stood astounded at the sight of the masses that challenged death yesterday to plant the seed of hope in those boxes and now the enemies of the change cannot deny all that; the people have said their word clear and loud in their purple finger revolution. Why was the world surprised? And what were the motivations of the people who have never experienced democracy before?
There were so many misconceptions about Iraq and these were the reasons why viewers from outside as well as many Iraqis were surprised. In the past few months, the media have played a big role in reflecting a blurred image about the will and preparations of Iraqis to hold the elections, not to mention exaggerating the size of the “militant groups” and their capabilities…
… I am afraid from being trapped in an ecstasy that directs our attention away from making use of the achieved victory; this victory is represented now by the feeling of Iraqis that freedom lovers and democracy supporters are the majority and they’re everywhere and that there exists a strong unity among Iraqis against terror threats.
Every person has realized that he’s not fighting alone in this battle and that all Iraq, from the very north to the very south is sharing this view even in the cities where security is a big concern, like Diyala, Mosul, and Tikrit; even in Fallujah, the boxes weren’t empty…
…The majority wasn’t silent yesterday and the people’s confidence now is at its peak and we should encourage and invest this feeling now and rebuild the bridges between us, I mean the government, the coalition and the people so that we can find the best way to exterminate the terrorists and the criminals who we know now how few and isolated they are…
…The reaction of the dictators and the enemies of freedom remains predictable; the neighboring countries and the Arabic media will try to find new weapons to use against the ongoing democratic process and these new weapons could be even more cruel this time.
We here remain assured that we’ve put our feet on the right track and that the bright future we wish for Iraq has become much closer after the 30th of January but we all have to reevaluate our previous assumption according to the new facts on the ground in order to find the best way we can push the process to further successes.
I also received a note from Mohammed yesterday after I wrote him with my congratulations:
Hey Brothers- What a beautiful post you had today! YOU are heroes!
I am sooo impressed with your strength and courage.
God bless and Congratulations.
Thanks Jim, and feel free to post anything from our site
God Bless you too