Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The Red Zone

A little while back, I put in a link to "In the Red Zone", in my little blog roll. The content, by Stephen Vincent, is a realistic accounting of what is happening in Basra, Iraq. Although he didn't have any bias per se, his articles put a definite frame to how difficult any realistic Iraq reconstruction would be. Unfortunately, many may not have taken to kindly to his reporting, from CNN:
A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed Steven Vincent's body was found, and that his family has been notified.

A Western official said Vincent suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He had been abducted earlier by unknown gunmen.

A Basra police official said Vincent and his female interpreter, Nuriya Tiays, were abducted about 12:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. Tuesday) in the Ashar area of central Basra.
The western press has been abysmal at reporting out of Iraq and Mr. Vincent's content was some of the only reliable reporting being done from the area. Few can blame other journalists for not taking the risks Mr. Vincent did, especially now, but it grates me that they think they're actually doing a job that only Mr. Vincent had the guts to really do.

One of his last pieces appears here.
My prayers go out to him and his family.
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