I'm about to highlight one right winger, maybe two. You have been warned. This is from Rachel Ehrenfeld and K.D.M. Jensen:
On the eve of the Persian New Year, Nowrouz, on March 20, Bardia Amir-Mostofian, a 44 year-old engineer, was praying in preparation for the celebrations, when he died of cardiac arrest in the abandoned, former US military base in Iraq known as Camp Liberty.
Baradia died after 48 excruciating hours of repeated "inspections" by Iraqi troops, during his transfer -- together with several hundred other members of the Iranian opposition movement, Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK)-- from Camp Ashraf, where they lived for the last 26 years, to Camp Liberty. It seems that Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki's close relations with Iran's Mullahs, who consider MEK an existential threat to the regime, is behind his decision to close the camp.
C.I. defends the Camp Ashraf residents and is one of the few people online who do. I think she's wonderful for it. She's not concerned with all this nonsense gossip. She's only concerned with the law and the Camp Ashraf residents are protected persons -- Donald Rumsfeld made them that when he was Secretary of Defense. And the US government gave its word.
But the news outlets parrot the State Dept and White House and the voices who should be independent (like Antiwar Radio's Scott Horton) can't set aside their personal feelings to defend the people who need defending.
You know, it's real easy to defend the toothy innocents who photograph so well and look like little angels and no one's ever said a word against. To defend the people who aren't beloved, to stick up for their rights under the law? That takes more than just courage, it takes character.
C.I. had both. (Scott Horton has neither.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"