Large Print and small print

Large Print:
The death toll in the suicide bombings Tuesday in northern Iraq has risen to at least 500, local officials in Nineveh province said Wednesday. CNN

Small Print:
In Northern Iraq there is a place called Lalish where the Yezidis say the universe was born. Michael Tooten

Large Print:
Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said there were three suicide trucks carrying two tons of explosives. At least 30 houses and other buildings were destroyed. CNN

Small Print:
Candles are placed in wind-protected altars all around Lalish. The Yezidis keep the flames burning forever. Without fire, they say, all life would be extinguished. Michael Tooten

Large Print:
Al Qaeda in Iraq is predominantly Sunni, and Mixon said members of the Yazidi religious minority have received threatening letters, called “night letters,” telling them “to leave because they are infidels.” CNN

Small Print:
Birzo and I waited on a small elevated platform above the temple courtyard while our guide went and summoned Baba Sheikh, the Yezidi version of a top imam or priest. Michael Tooten

Large Print:
The attacks, targeting Kurdish villages of the Yazidi religious minority, were attempts to “break the will” of the American people and show that the U.S. troop escalation — the “surge” — is failing, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon said. CNN

Small Print:
Baba Sheikh apparently didn’t want me to think they were close-minded bigots. “We are a peaceful people,” he said. “We don’t interfere with others. We are the nation of generosity and kindness.” Michael Tooten

Large Print:
“This is an act of ethnic cleansing, if you will — almost genocide when you consider the fact the target they attacked and the fact that these Yazidis, out in a very remote part of Nineveh province, where there is very little security and really no security required to this point,” Mixon said.

Small Print:
“72 times Muslims tried to conquer us,” he said. “Christians never once tried to conquer us. The Christians are wise, not like Muslims.” Michael Tooten

This attack was the largest by al Qaeda since September 11, 2001. Michael Tooten is an independent reporter and photographer who reports on the Middle East, not from the safety of a hotel room or an office 2,000 miles away.

One Response to “Large Print and small print”

  1. Jen Clark Says:

    I hate to see such a tragic event happen and then be turned into propaganda for the war. It’s awful that 500 people lost their lives, but is that really genocide? Is CNN just hoping we don’t know the difference and will want to “stop the genocide”?

    My prayers, like always, are with the people of Iraq. I can’t imagine living with the horror they have witnessed.

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