Monday, November 22, 2004

Embedded to the Grave

It was a nice bit of timing. Our troops were getting bad publicity around the world again, over the killing of unaarmed Iraqis -- so a Times man embedded with those marines, got off a dithyramb about their courage and dedication. They’d occupied this famous mosque and shot it full of holes. Then a marine began to climb the minaret and was fatally wounded. Did they leave him there? Not our heroes. A buddy came from behind and carried him out of there. Now, up in that minaret was a man without a helmet, without body armor, with only an AK-47 . Call him what you like -- an insurgent, a terrorist, a suicidal -maniac -- he’s surely dead by now, but his fate got no mention at all.

We live in denial. According to the polls, a majority of Americans believe that our draft-dodging president is a brave combat leader and his challenger -- with all his medals -- doesn’t have the guts to finish this war and carry on the wars to come. Many of the same citizens defend moral values in the voting booth, and tune in on pornography at home. They call us liberals bleeding hearts -- real moral values and intelligence make them nervous. That explains the survival of such mad hatters as Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and William Bennett.
But who’s sane? Check out today’s editorial in the liberal Times, which salutes our "swift and stunning" victory last week and adds that "about 20,000 to 40,000 more soldiers are needed right away." Lord have mercy and the creek don’t rise.