Here’s a quick post from Powerline. I’ll quote the whole thing:
The Department of Defense reports that the citizens of Ramadi have turned in an al Qaeda terrorist known as “the Butcher of Ramadi.” The townspeople brought him to an Iraqi and U.S. forces military base, where he was taken into custody. He was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping.
In one of his recent speeches, President Bush noted that the number of actionable intelligence tips received from Iraqi citizens is up about ten fold since earlier this year (from something like 400 per month to more than 4,000). This clearly is an important sign of progress, and the handing over by Iraqi citzens of “the Butcher of Ramadi” constitutes good anecdotal evidence of that progress.
When I worked as wire editor for a newspaper, I always favored the articles that would have long-term impact. If I had to choose between a train accident in India or peace talks in the former Yugoslavia, I’d always go with the peace talks. In a month, the peace talk story would still matter.
Using this theory, isn’t the Ramadi story much more important than any Iraqi suicide bombing? It speaks to a fundamental shift in the way Iraqis are treating the terrorists in their country.
But, it’s only more important if you’re trying to look at the story objectively.
Let’s see how many reporters and editors pick up the Ramadi story.