Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Saturday, November 20, 2004
>^..^< Thomas Sowell on the Fallujah Marine
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>^..^< Mostly Cajun has a thing or two to say as well.
>^..^< You know you've been really derelict in your blogging duties when posting 4 days out of 5 gets you an "attaboy" from your BlogSon. So in order to keep the average up, here's a pastie for perusal. And please don't disregard out of hand because it's a pastie. It's a first rate read, found via Jen Martinez.
The Military's Right To "No!"
Opinion by Don Bendell
I am proud to say that I am a Vietnam veteran and finally have some degree of closure. It occurred on November 2nd, 2004. Like my fellow warriors, earlier this year, I was unexpectedly yanked from that deep dry well of dank dark collective shame, and thrust into the bright sunlight of political overview. Called to fight the great fight once again, we fought and indeed won, and we are now healed and strong. And so, we issue a warning to our old antagonists: Biased media outlets and liberal political strategists looking ahead already, please understand this: We Viet Nam veterans insured that President George W. Bush got re-elected, and now we will also insure that you will stop politicizing the War on Terrorism. You will not traumatize, bastardize, trivialize, or disparage a new generation of honored, fighting men and women in harm’s way like you did to so many of us, so long ago, and for so many years following. You may attack them with your obvious flanking and rear assault maneuvers, but you will not win. You have to go through all of us first. Get used to that idea.
Kevin Sites, freelance embedded photojournalist (ahem) for NBC NEWS, is an anti-war activist with many of his war photos displayed on a German-based anti-war site. Way to go Peacock Network News! Been feeding at the same trough as CBS News, huh?
As a paramilitary guerilla tactic, members of al Q’ueda and other terrorists will play dead, so they can get one last explosion or shot and take out more American GI’s before they go to their version of Paradise and their promised 72 virgin goats, or whatever it is those crazed zealots die for.
But in your more perfect world, please picture this: Terrorist snipers hide in a temple and fire at unsuspecting US soldiers and even newsmen. They do not care who they shoot as long as they are an infidel. Americans return fire and kill or wound most, and then American Marines enter the building to check and clear it. Once inside, an alert young Marine notices that one of the terrorists is still alive, hiding his breathing, and obviously playing dead. Not wanting to be politically-incorrect, un-newsworthy, or insult the sensibilities of those at home who are vehemently against the war, he carefully and slowly turns the wounded terrorist over to administer first aid and comfort. The terrorist, however, has pulled the pin on a high explosive hand grenade hidden under his body. The last thing the young Marine sees is the terrorist’s eyes open wide as he smiles in perverted enthusiasm, yelling, “Allah Akbar!”
The Marine's two closest buddies die in the blast, as well as a third Marine, who being a US Marine, dives in front of the imbedded photojournalist and absorbs the shrapnel, saving the videographer’s life.
I don’t think so. I say, give the young Marine a medal and then shut up about it. I say start showing pictures of Marines and soldiers out-shooting, out-maneuvering, and out-fighting the bad guys, and then getting hugs and looks of true admiration from grateful Iraqi women and children. The way it really happens. I say show the young tough American GI tending to the flowers he planted outside his barracks, or the young bloody Marine later passing out clothes to kids he had his church ship to him, or the green berets, weary of fighting and killing, taking some time to use their expertise to help an Iraqi community rebuild a damaged mosque.
Instead of holding a news Woodstock over Abu Ghraib atrocities or My Lai atrocities, point out that both were actually stopped and reported by other American soldiers. Thanks to you, most Americans do not know that.
Al Jazeerah is an important weapon of our enemies attacking the minds of our citizens with bullets of doubt, mortars of mockery, and the explosive images of very selective horrors of war. Like mindless robotic slaves of conformity, some of you of the America news media, as well as anti-Republican self-serving political tacticians, are their witless ammo bearers. Instead of patting each other on the back for your play to the self-annointed intelligentsia, you really should start looking at your fellow countrymen. They are deserting you in droves, as you have deserted our troops for your liberal cause. You have yet, to “get it” why FOX NEWS leaves you all in the rear with the gear. It is really simple, you see. They are Americans first and foremost, and then professionally, they are actual news people, reporting; not clouding, editorializing, or rewriting our nation’s and world’s history while it is being made.
If you don’t get it. We will help you understand. You see, contrary to the images you planted, we Vietnam veterans never lost one major battle. We won them all, and we will not lose now, nor will we ever retreat. We know that 9-1-1 means “Emergency” not “Complacency,” and we are all more than willing to answer that call.
Don Bendell served as an officer in four Special Forces Groups, including a tour on a green beret A-team (Dak Pek) in Vietnam in 1968-1969, and was in the Top Secret Phoenix Program, is a top-selling author of 21 books, with over 1,500,000 copies of his books in print worldwide, a 1995 inductee into the International Karate Hall of Fame, and owns karate schools in southern Colorado. His pro-Bush/anti-Kerry editorials were widely-published in newspapers and magazines, and circulated by millions all over the world on the internet. He has been interviewed on FOX NEWS LIVE and on many radio shows and speaks all over the country.
Permission is hereby granted to reprint, copy, or pass this on wherever and to whomever you choose. This is posted on my website with other political editorials.