February 02, 2006
The Real Quagmire in IraqPrinter Friendly
By: Rachel Marsden
This week, CNN’s Larry King Live featured a group of people discussing and defending their cause, and their fallen colleagues in Iraq.
One woman credited her two recently injured male cohorts with paving the way for women like herself to do the same job. This, even as a kidnapping video featuring a female colleague was playing in heavy rotation on Al-Jazeera TV.
When King confronted another of these seasoned professionals – one who had spent time in Vietnam -- with the fact that their death toll in Iraq was creeping upward, the pro shrugged it off as part of the job. He called associates who had been involved in the London Blitz and a fatal sniper incident in the Pacific models for his generation.
Yet another high-profile representative of this group called the situation in Iraq a “spiraling security disaster” that “just gets worse and worse,” but argued that their presence is imperative, even at “enormous personal cost to us, our families.”
As a conservative watching this show, it was impossible not to finally see the light: These people are clearly in a massive, Vietnam-style quagmire over there, with a death toll rapidly approaching that of the U.K. forces.
It would appear that many are only there because they are brainwashed, as evidenced by various studies showing that they vote overwhelmingly for one particular U.S. party.
They have been callously sent into these deadly war zones at the insistence of their commanders—ultimately in the name of profit. One such superior even referred to the families of two seriously injured men as having been “assigned”—in the same way that their injured loved ones were.
Their involvement with the Abu Ghraib “Beach-Blanket-Bingo-in-the-Buff” prisoner “abuse” affair has ensured that many around the world will always view that event in a similar moral light as Saddam Hussein’s torture, rape and killing sprees. Good job, guys.
So, is it the troops to whom I’m referring here? God, no. I’m talking about the journalists covering this war—many of whom seem to be confused as to who the real enemy is.
CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, calls the capture of journalist Jill Carroll “sad” because “she has devoted her life to understanding the Iraqis. She dresses a lot like them…And she has tried to do her best to understand the situation.”
Newsflash: Terrorists aren’t going to check for your “Michael Moore Movie of the Month Club” card before they light you up like a Roman Candle or turn you into a Pez dispenser.
Bush is in Iraq for a reason and a cause. And now Amanpour has revealed why journalists are there, too: “Because if we're not, whose word are we going to take for it? Are we going to take the Pentagon paid Lincoln Group who are paying [sic] positive stories to be written in the Iraqi press? Are we going to take what the administration tells us?”
Rather than focusing on Bush as the enemy and pushing the Vietnam-style hellhole thesis, maybe Amanpour and her colleagues can make themselves useful. They should head over to Syria and start digging, in light of Iraqi General Georges Sada’s new book, “Saddam’s Secrets”, in which he details how the dictator’s WMDs were moved to Syria—apparently not unlike the black market dispersal of the Soviet Union’s post-Cold War arsenal.
And take our CBC TV guys with you, as Canada’s contribution to this important cause—because if they’re as good at zeroing in on WMDs as they are with those ridiculous pore-probing extreme close-up shots of conservative interviewees, then they should be able to find that stash in no time.
Posted by redguy at February 2, 2006 08:50 PM
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During the Viet Nam conflict a reporter brought us the horror of the Mei Lai massacre. That same reporter walked right by an earlier story about what the Viet Cong did to a Vietnamese hamlet in the same locale.
There is no excuse for what the American soldiers did in a moment of spontaneous insanity. So how did the VC get a free walk for something that was a hundred times worse and very much premeditated?
We see the same 'media' mentality at work in Iraq. Always pushing the negatives about the US and Allied forces, and always apologizing for or excusing the barbarism of the enemy.
Unlike the good ole Viet Nam days, the media is now living in a gold fish bowl under the eyes of the internet. One of these days the media is going to have to pay the piper. One of these days they are going to wake up and find themselves exposed, hated, and irrelevant.
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