So, did you hear the really good news from Iraq? No, the news you heard about some car bombing in Iraq is not the good news. The media announces each bombing with an almost breathless excitement, but that’s not the good news from Iraq.
While I type this, the media is announcing that the 2,000th U.S. serviceman has died in Iraq. You might think this “grim milestone” was good news, based on the almost visible glee on the part of the liberal fringe as they eagerly anticipated this death. Cox and Forkum do a very good job of showing the strange bedfellows of the “peace at all costs” Left and the murderous thugs in Iraq.
But not only is this not good news, it’s not even true. The serviceman who topped the list as the latest death “in Iraq” actually died in Texas. Granted, he died from wounds sustained while serving in Iraq, but there’s no way you can define Staff Sgt. Alexander’s death in Killeen, Texas as having happened “in Iraq.” Major Chaz does a good job of debunking this false meme. Here are some interesting chunks, but the whole article is worth reading:
The MSM is starting to gear up (and the anti-war left has been ready for a while) to present us with the story of “the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq”.
First, being in the military is a high-risk enterprise, even when you are not in combat. Humvees roll over, helicopters crash, people commit suicide, people get hit by vehicles. People die. But in this instance, since they happened in a combat zone, they fit neatly into the meme of the leftists that “Bush Lied, People Died”. They would have you believe that all of these brave souls died as victims of imperialist government fighting in an illegal war. Bringthemhomenow.org says “So far, more than 1950 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq ….”
But only slightly more than 1500 have actually died from hostile fire. More than 400 military members have died due to non-combat causes. And not all of the almost 2000 deaths have actually happened in Iraq. If a military member dies in the AOR, on orders for OIF, his/her death is counted towards “the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq”.
As radio talk show host Jim Quinn has put it, the rightness or wrongness of a military action is not determined by the number of deaths sustained. Thousands died in one month taking Okinawa from the Japanese. Thousands died on both sides of the Civil War during the days of battle at Gettysburg. And almost three thousand civilians died on a clear September morning when the buildings fell.
While it is understandable to mourn the loss of life, the tallying of losses should happen once the job is done. Otherwise, you may run the risk of losing your nerve and pulling out before the mission is finished. If you consider what happened the last time the U.S. pulled out of a major engagement, the result was three million deaths — specifically, the two million Vietnamese and one million Laotians who died when the Americans departed and the Communists took over their countries. Was it worth the price of three million lives to spare Americans from possible death or injury?
Though these news items have been making our enemies and Leftist peaceniks smile, this is not the good news from Iraq to which I refer. I have a screenshot from the front page of MSNBC.com cropped for size. At the top of the page was the “sad milestone” graphic to
celebrate mark this day. There were also other articles linked from the front page that dealt with all the negative news coming from Iraq. But if you look at the very bottom of the graphic, you can see the announcement of the good news from Iraq half cut off at the bottom of my browser. I guess you can see the priority MSNBC places on the GOOD NEWS of the Iraqi people approving their constitution.
Did you catch that? The Iraqi people went to the voting booth and voted with purple fingers to determine the direction they wanted to take their country. Not all of them voted for their constitution, but they voted. While there were still some murderous thugs who resorted to violence, the vast majority — even greater than in the last Iraqi election — spoke with votes, not with bombs.
The Middle East as a whole, and liberal naysayers in particular, need to recognize the nascent democracy in an Arab and Muslim country. Those people who said that Iraqis could never accomplish this change should hang their heads in shame, but they won’t. They’ll continue to beat their single drum of gloom from Iraq.
I’ll close this with a few paragraphs from Major E. as quoted on the Power Line Blog:
During my last couple of months in theater, I interacted with various US units that have been working more and more closely with the Iraqis in order to bring about the transition of military responsibility from the coalition. Across the board, the US troops are impressed with the progress being made by their Iraqi counterparts. That progress was demonstrated under fire during successful operations in Tall Afar last month, where a majority of the troops that defeated the terrorists in that area and destroyed their operational safe havens were Iraqi.
But good news is so slow to get out, if it ever does. As I mentioned last week, I have been speaking and sharing slides with local civic and political groups here at home and, unfortunately, almost no one with whom I have spoken has even heard of Tall Afar or any of the positive developments coming from there.
On the other hand, seemingly every person knows of Fallujah and remains aware of the high casualties taken by the Marines who secured the city late last year. Yet no one seems to know that just last week, an estimated 70,000 Fallujans voted in the referendum. That is a dramatic increase over voter turnout last January, when essentially zero votes were cast because the lack of security made it too dangerous to establish polling stations.
There is good news coming from Iraq. Just don’t expect to see it on your nightly news.