Forgetting About Iraq?

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Um, what? CNN’s homepage is running an article entitled “Iraq: The Forgotten War”. Certainly no one should forget that currently over 100 Iraqi civilians are being killed each day in that country, and at least 31 American troops have been killed so far this month.

But leave that aside for a second. A lot of people watch CNN—some 2.4 million at last count. If the network’s really worried that people are forgetting about the catastrophe in Iraq, they certainly have the power to do something about it. Instead, as Atrios points out, CNN has been running headlines about Israel and Lebanon noting that “fighting in the Middle East is in its 13th day.” With a miniscule attention span, anything’s possible!

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