Blackwater fever

The Inter Press Service news agency (IPS) is reporting on a new disease that is so bad, it’s named after a security contractor:

What Iraqis now call Blackwater fever is really a well-known medical condition, and while it has nothing to do with Blackwater Worldwide, Iraqis in al-Anbar province have decided to make the connection between the disease and the lethal U.S.-based company which has been responsible for the death of countless Iraqis.

(Via Jules Crittenden, via Instapundit.)

In fact, blackwater fever is named after the dark red or black urine it causes, and has been called that for ages.  This is just lame.  Next time make up some fake documents or something.

ASIDE: I had never heard of IPS before, so I looked them up.  From their website:

IPS is a communication institution with a global news agency at its core.  IPS raises the voices of the South and civil society.  IPS brings a fresh perspective on development and globalisation.

So, basically, this is an obscure advocacy organization that puts out dubious news stories.  Probably we shouldn’t make too much of this in the media failure department.   On the other hand, the leftists that bought into this are probably owed a bit of friendly teasing.

UPDATE: This blog is five days old.  I went to the pageview stats this morning, expecting to see a typical number (like 4), and found I’d been Instalanched.  (To a close approximation, every person reading this knows this already.)  So here’s my advice to other new bloggers: forget insightful commentary; it’s snarky one-liners that get you noticed!

Anyway, during my fleeting moment of fame, I’d like to draw attention to my ad that John McCain should run on Iraq, in the hopes that someone will see it who can make it happen.

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4 Responses to Blackwater fever

  1. M. Simon says:

    My dad had malaria from the South Pacific. When he would have a relapse he would vomit the ugliest black crap you ever saw. Can’t speak about the urine though.

  2. Tom says:

    The thing that I morbidly laugh at is how the far- & loonie-lefties (the biggest defenders of the proper American way, they would have you believe) regularly violate the Constitution & the various laws of this country. How many accusations, investigations, & demands for various tortures have we heard concerning Bush without the slightest shred of proof? How many crimes now have they committed against various institutions, partcularly the military? & what’s their response when called to explain themselves? “We are the good guys! We must haul down the evil Republicans/Bush supporters/traitors to race/identity!” They even turn on “their own kind”-those poor souls who are being terrorized into voting for either Hillary or Obama based on gender or race.

    A religious man might call them demon-possesed.

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  4. Al Neuman says:

    Friendly teasing? The commenters are already re-spinning this into “fake but true”. For instance, read this gem from a commenter:

    “From the article, it appears that although Iraqis may not have coined the term, they are using it in a wider sense to describe the endemic corruption of the occupation. This failure is personifed perfectly in the Blackwater mercenaries.”

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