Alarming News

March 30, 2005

Words

Headline: Prison population in Iraq doubles in 5 months

The growth in the prison population has come amid a lingering insurgency in Iraq and despite the formal transfer of power to an interim Iraqi government last June.

I would’ve written that differently:

The growth in the prison population has come because of a lingering insurgency in Iraq and because the formal transfer of power to an interim Iraqi government last June has made cracking down on terrorists and criminals a priority.

Posted by Karol at 12:52 PM |
Comments

Very astute Karol.

Posted by: Zelda at March 30, 2005 at 1:58 pm

Astute indeed. No wonder I’ll read 21 blogs before I look to the first “news” source.

Posted by: Marvin at March 30, 2005 at 2:21 pm

That’s right…if they won’t live by Bush’s word they die by Bush’s sword…

Posted by: Don Myers at March 30, 2005 at 2:45 pm

Or you could have written:
“Incidents of terrorism have decreased significantly as most of the terrorists are now dead or in prison”.
However, these alternative headlines require common sense and that skill is unknown among the left.

Posted by: Jake at March 30, 2005 at 6:54 pm

You forgot that Saddam emptied the prisons in the months leading up to the invasion. Surely he didn’t let politcal prisoners who might oppose him out of jail? Of course not, he let the violent criminals out to terrorize a public that might have been thinking of throwing in their lot with America.
Smart move, Saddam. Let me know how that works out. (To steal a line from Donald Trump)

Posted by: Oschisms at March 30, 2005 at 8:36 pm
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