May 28, 2007

They are in a quagmire...

Jules Crittenden on Iraq reporting...

I thought body counts went out with the Vietnam War. The AP is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a fresh body count in Iraq.

How come no mention of Americans killed in Afghanistan since last Memorial Day?

The AP story leads with the number of new graves opened for dead American soldiers since Memorial Day last, but only those killed in Iraq. Why this slight? Are the dead in Afghanistan not worthy of respect in the eyes of the Associated Press? It is possible that this article is not about honoring the dead at all, or even about reporting the news, but just another thinly veiled editorial attack on the Bush administration? Would the Associated Press be so callous as to use American dead in this manner, as a political tool?

I’m beginning to get the impression there is nothing more important to the Associated Press in its Iraq reportage than the number of “American soldiers killed in this unpopular war.” That phrase, with a number, is typically trotted out no later than graph three in AP stories on Iraq. It’s as though the body count is the sole measure upon which all decisions and action must turn. There certainly has been no effort by the Associated Press, or other major news organizations on the ground in Iraq, to examine progress in anything but the most dismissive manner, with a quick revert to body count...

The exquisite irony is that the leftists here represented by the AP hate the Iraq Campaign bitterly, but they cannot make any principled argument against it, or any detailed proposal of their own for fighting the War on Terror! They don't dare try. They are stuck, they are so stuck. They whine and carp endlessly, but can't make a case. (We are just supposed to assume that a body count is some sort of devastating argument. But they never make any case about what body-count would be an appropriate price for achieving what goals.)

They hate the Iraq Campaign because, as I have written here, it shines a cruel spotlight on the way they have abandoned the liberal principles they still vaguely profess to believe. If you do not wish to fight to overthrow a fascist tyrant and one of the cruelest regimes in history, and to help a tortured people to grasp at a chance of freedom and democracy and normalcy, then you are NOT a liberal. (Liberal either in the classic sense, or the more recent mushy-socialist sense.)

And the next question that comes to mind is, "If you are not willing to fight for this, is there ANYTHING you consider worth fighting and dying for?

And friends, you can ask them that all day and all night, and (with the possible exception of their own hides or families) you won't get an answer.

Posted by John Weidner at May 28, 2007 4:57 PM
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