Thursday, December 01, 2005

Shameless

The so-called Liberal Avenger links to a newspaper story about a soldier who was killed in Iraq. LA wants to milk it for all it's worth. He wrote,
Even if it’s a bit hokey, if it is grist for the anti-war propaganda mill, I’m all for it.


Perhaps he can find similar stories for the tens of thousands killed by Saddam.

Or the millions massacred by the Khmer Rouge and the NVA after we pulled out of Vietnam.

Or the hundreds of thousands of US soldiers who died in WWII.


Every soldier's death in this struggle is tragic, but it is not a meaningless tragedy so long as we emerge victorious. Would the dead of Normandy and Iwo call their deaths meaningless, without value? To attempt to exploit a soldier's death - provide grist for the anti-war mill as he so callously puts it - in order to make our mission in Iraq appear futile is to dishonor the honored dead, to piss on their graves.

6 comments:

The Liberal Avenger said...

I thought I might make your week and leave this blog's third comment ever!

Congratulations!

JCB said...

Oh oh oh! I've got one!

Wilfred Owen fought in WWI. He died in battle. Here's an excerpt from one of his greatest poems, "Dulce et Decorum Est":

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
*

The whole poem is here.
*Translated, this means: it is sweet and right to die for your country.

The Liberal Avenger said...

No shame, no apologies - and I would exploit accounts from the other wars you cited, too.

Corrie said...

Res ipsa loquitur.

upyernoz said...

"Or the millions massacred by the Khmer Rouge... after we pulled out of Vietnam."

that's a funny one to bring up because the khmer rouge came to power only because of the u.s. bombing of cambodia. and, for that matter, the only reason they were stopped is because the vietnamese invaded (the formerly NVA, but by they the united vietnamese army) and toppled the khmer rouge, stopping the killing fields. if we had not pulled out of vietnam, it's quite likely that the khmer rouge would have stayed in power longer.

Corrie said...

You're assuming that a democratic Vietnam would have tolerated the Pot regime next door, or that a committed-to-win US force would have done so.

I think both assumptions are wrong.