Our right wing colleagues frequently declare that the lack of support for the war is due to the Mainstream Media's sensationalist, anti-administration agenda etc. etc. . With this premise in mind, you'd think that the US Government-run Voice of America would come in and fill the breach with the shiney, happy stories to show how the situation is improving, wouldn't you? You'd think- but there is just one small problem. You see, for the last 6 months, VOA has been relying on the efforts of Iraqi "stringers" because they cannot find a single journalist in their organisation to volunteer to become their Baghdad corresponent because they feel that the job is too dangerous: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/22/AR2006052201386.html What with today's story about the fundamentalist militias executing tennis players for wearing shorts, am I the only one that thinks that this war is becoming like some morbid, Monty Python-esque parody of itself?