Friday, November 19, 2004

today is column Thursday. I probably should call it rant Thursday
considering how few people read my blog, but hey I'm doing this
for myself as much as my readers. I've been pretty busy the last
couple of days and haven't been blogging like I've wanted. But I'm
hoping to get back in to the swing of things.

Today I was
listening to music from the Shrek 2 soundtrack. A wonderful movie
btw, with most of the scenes stolen by Antonio Banderas's awesome
Puss n Boots(Fear me if you dare!!! Hssss!). Anyway the song sung
by Jennifer Saunders(Fairy Godmother) called Holding Out For a
Hero. It lamented as to where the White Knights have gone, and how
she longs for a Hero who is "strong", "fresh from
the fight", "larger than life". And it got me
thinking, where have all the hero's gone?

In this culture
we live in we are rarely presented with a hero to put up on a
pedestal. In little league they don't even have winners and losers
anymore. Everybody hits a few times and goes home happy. Now I
realize that the little league thing might be to keep the parents
from scratching each others eyes out but still. In life there are
winners and there are losers. Hero's are people who have done
great things to ensure that we are protected from the evil people
who want to win. Mc Arther was a hero. The last hero type I
remember being presented in the news or any kind of media was John
Kerry. And even he was the sensitive type who realized the error
of his ways and did his best when he got home to stop the
killing(that was a sarcastic comment in case you didn't'
catch that).

You hear people say "I support our
troops" all the time. You see the yellow ribbon magnets on
cars and things like that all around you. I have one on my car,
and I can say that I am truly thankful for the job my military is
doing. And while I can't speak for the other people with ribbons I
have to reason to doubt them. But maybe we should do more than
support them. Maybe we should put them up on a pedestal. The
troops are on our side, they are the good guys! Our soldiers are
the best in the world at what they do. What do they do? They kill
people and break things. They kill the bad guys so the bad guys
don't come and kill us. They break down the fortresses of the
enemy so that the enemy doesn't come and break down our malls and
office buildings. Theirs is a thankless job, fraught with danger
and discomfort. But you will rarely hear them complain or whine
about conditions. Why is that? I think it's because they want to
win! They want to be victorious, and they understand the
alternative. And here's a little tip, don't ask a marine who has
come back from Iraq if it was "worth it". He might hit
you, and you don't want that.

But you have some people who
don't support our troops. And sometimes it seems as if they don't
support this Country. The liberal elite and their friends the
mainstream media have always gone out of their way to blame
America first, but this is getting ridiculous. You rarely hear the
insurgents in Fallujah vilified. You
never hear outrage at the brutal murders they commit. Instead the
American military and our soldiers get blamed for any and
everything bad that happens.

A good example came this week
with the issue of the marine shooting a wounded terrorist in
Fallujah on camera. That schmuck Chris Matthews, the host of
Hardball, had this question:

Well let me ask you about this. If this were on the other side,
and we were watching an enemy soldier-- a rival, I mean, they're
not bad guys especially, they're just people who disagree
with you;
they are in fact the insurgents fighting
us in their country -- if we saw one of them do what we saw our
guy did to that guy [the playing-dead terrorist], would that be
worthy of a war-crime charge?

you see? This is the way they think. The insurgents are only
trying to kill us because we provoked them. They aren't really bad
people. If you don't think these people are bad read this account
of what was going on in Fallujah
we got there

poster in the ruins of the souk bears testament to the strict
brand of Sunni Islam imposed by the council, fronted by hardline
cleric Abdullah Junabi. The decree warns all women that they must
cover up from head to toe outdoors, or face execution by the armed
militants who controlled the streets.

Two female bodies
found yesterday suggest such threats were far from idle. An Arab
woman, in a violet nightdress, lay in a post-mortem embrace with a
male corpse in the middle of the street. Both bodies had died from
bullets to the head.

Another elderly man, who did not want
his name used for fear the rebels would one day return and restore
their draconian rule, said he was detained by the militants last
Tuesday and held for four days before being freed. He described
how he had then sought refuge in a friend's house where they had
huddled together clutching Korans in silent prayer for their lives
as the massive US bombardment put the insurgents to flight.

me help you Chris; those insurgents are BAD PEOPLE! They are
intolerant, evil, vicious people! Our soldiers are trying to free
the Iraqi citizens who have been victimized by them. They have
committed more "war-crimes" than can be counted. They
are not Minutemen as Michael Moore would have us believe. They
don't want to free their country they want to enslave and oppress
it. Get it? Iraqi citizens are the victims, insurgent terrorists
are the villains, American soldiers are the heroes

who rescue the victims. Is that a hard an equation to comprehend?
Or is it not nuanced enough for you?

This however is a very
consistent position for Matthews. Last week while talking to an
ex-CIA agent about Osama Bin Laden he
asked this question:

Does he think, for example—let me try this—and I don‘t
want to sound like an apologist. But suppose we had truly an
even-handed policy in the Middle East. Suppose there was a
Palestinian entity of some kind and it had reasonable borders and
it was contiguous enough to be a working state, and we didn‘t
back dictators like the Saudi royal family, people like that who
are simply selling the oil to keep their fingers filled with rings
and girlfriends in London, all right?

Suppose we were a
good country and an even-handed country, all right?

that make him any less hostile to us?

just pretend like this is a good country ok. Geez! "even-handed"?
You mean like France? That wouldn't be "even handed"
Mr.Mathews that would be anti-semitic! They want to oppress and
kill, we want liberate and preserve. And we do that by eradicating
the evil. A wise man once said that: The only thing necessary
for evil to spread is for good men to do nothing(not the exact
quote but I really can't remember it). So why is it that they are
always given the benefit of the doubt?

I want to go back to
the soldier who is being investigated for shooting a wounded
terrorist. They want to play it up and turn it into another Abu
Graihb. Apparently what happened was a
group of soldiers went into a building that had just been shelled
to look for survivors. There were bodies on the ground and one
started moving and making noise. The marine proceeded to shout a
warning to his mates and then shoot the terrorist in the head.
This was caught live on camera by an embedded

with the unit. This footage was shown on continuous loop on
Al-Jeez era tv and there have been
numerous news stories on it here in the States. What you may not
have heard was that the day before this man's unit had encountered
a situation almost identical to this one. Only the terrorist who
cried out for help subsequently blew up a himself with a couple
pounds of explosives. This blast killed two of the young marines
squad mates and blew shrapnel in his
face. Now do you see how this man might have been overly cautious
and defensive. But people are talking about charging him for war
crimes and violating the Geneva convention. No mention of the fact
that this terrorist was firing at them from a Mosque. No mention
of all the numerous ways the insurgents have broken the Geneva
convention. Things like holding a white flag up to lead soldiers
into ambushes. Dressing like doctors to ambush and using hospitals
for ammo dumps. Every person in the mainstream media should be
made to denounce these actions as evil
and morally wrong before they can utter a single word of
criticisms about our Heroes.
Instead the networks engage in reckless "journalism"

that endangers our troops and Americans
everywhere by acting as propaganda for terrorists. Bill Roggio has

reporting of the Marine’s shooting of an insurgent in a
Fallujah mosque is perhaps the most irresponsible piece of
“journalism” we have seen since this war began. In a
rush to break a story, the video of the incident was played on
national television without considering the impact of this video
on the current battle to secure Fallujah and the wider conflict in
Iraq and beyond. There was not even an attempt to place the events
into proper context, just a snip of video showing the shooting.

the heroes are out there. They are doing
their job and doing it well. You just may have to look past your
local paper or evening news to

As far as the soldier who shot that Iraqi in the
Mosque goes, I leave you with the words of Smash.
of engagement!