Quotes for the Day

"During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure. On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines." - Ralph Peters, who has accused other members of the media of lying about the situation in Iraq.

"It is unfortunate that we are in civil war. We are losing each day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is." - Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi prime minister.

Allawi has an ax to grind. The truth may be somewhere in between. But Peters' rosy view of Iraq is so out of kilter with every other report I read, including that of Iraqi bloggers, that I'd say Allawi is closer to the mark. Alas.