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Remind Me: Who Are the Bad Guys Again?
Written by Doc Farmer
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I'm a bit ticked off today. Yeah, I know; that seems to be the normal state of affairs for a columnist/commentator/curmudgeon.
But I believe that my ticked-ness is more than justified.
Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston Texas, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras Oregon, were kidnapped by Al Qaeda operatives the other day. Not captured in battle and taken to a prisoner of war camp. The driver in their convoy was killed, and they were taken at gunpoint to an unknown location.
They were definitely tortured.
They may have been disemboweled.
They were almost certainly beheaded.
Their bodies were dumped and the area surrounding them was booby-trapped, in the hope of killing more US/Coalition troops.
Now, let me ask you a very simple question: Where is the outrage on the part of the media? Why haven't we seen photo after photo of their corpses on the news? Why haven't the editors over at the vaunted New York Times started publishing a steady stream of cover stories--complete with graphic images at a wide variety of angles--to be continued every
single day over the next two months? Where are the demands for inspections of Al Qaeda detention facilities? Why haven't there been calls for investigations of the practices of these terrorists? Why hasn't Jack Murtha (D-JackA**Ville) demanded that the heads of Al Qaeda (with or without their bodies attached) be brought before a congressional committee?
Because Al Qaeda, to the lib/dem/soc/commies, the peace-activists (see also: morons), the mainstream media, and the political portsiders have already decided who the bad guy is.
Yup, that's right. The MSM and their cohorts could waste NO time trying to figure out ways to blame Dubya for the death of these two servicemen. I guess constantly (and gleefully) yelling "2,500 Dead! 2,500 Dead!" wasn't getting them enough attention. They've even shopped around and found an uncle of
one of these soldiers so they could get their "Let's All Blame Bush" sound-byte. From Mother Sheehan to Father Pearl to (now) Uncle Mario. I wonder if he'll camp out in a Crawford ditch or hug South American dictators to keep up his facetime in the various news outlets.
The mainstream media won't be overly bothered with the facts. God knows, they haven't let the truth get in the way of a good story (in their eyes, anyway) for quite some time. So, they'll use these two heroes to advance their point.
Yes. Heroes. Like every single soldier, sailor, airman, marine, guardsman, and merchant marine out there today. The Mainstream Media will USE them to put forward THEIR agenda: we're bad, terrorists are good, and the soldiers
wouldn't have been put in danger in the first place were it not for Dubya.
Note to the Mainstream Media, lib/dem/soc/commies and turncoat politicians: You bastards!
I am sick to the back teeth of you, your lies, your half-truths, your mis-directions, your obfuscations, your spin, your (im)moral relativism, your arrogance. I'm sick of you USING our troops--especially the dead ones--in order for YOU to claw back power, and at the same time to empower and embolden our enemies.
There was a discussion on the ChronWatch Forum recently, asking whether
journalists have to abide by any kind of a code of ethics. My view on that was similar to my view on the extended lists of oxymorons--House Ethics, Senate Ethics, F*****g Lawyer Ethics, etc. They claim to have ethical guidelines, they say the words, but words alone are not evidence of ethics. Following those words, living those words, ARE evidence of ethics--or, at least, ethical behavior. One of our more well-informed posters, who goes by the moniker of "CodeMoose" (he's obviously a programmer with antlers--I wonder if his boss is a flying squirrel) actually provided a list, from a group called the "Society of Professional Journalists." You can read it here. The point is, if you go through that list, and think of the recent history of the mainstream media, I
don't think you'll find ONE ethical standard that they've followed. But it's Bush and the rep/con/tairs who are evil and corrupt, and the MSM isn't biased, oh no no no no no....
Let me give you a couple of points to work with here. The people responsible for the death of those soldiers, and the other soldiers and innocents, who have died before them, ARE THE TERRORISTS! Not the other soldiers, not their field commanders, and not their commander in chief. We are WINNING the war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, while you in the MSM are doing everything possible to make us LOSE the war against terrorism in the headlines and the
broadcasts. The number of dead terrorists (which you never seem to tout) is FAR higher than the number of dead soldiers. This is one of the lowest per-capita and raw-number casualty wars for U.S. forces in history, but you're bent on making it seem like the highest. Here's a news flash, MSM: more U.S. soldiers died in a TRAINING EXERCISE for D-Day--in a single day--than have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You talk about being unbiased. You lie. You are extremely biased. Yet you lie to us and yourselves about this obvious -- and documented -- truth. You constantly try to make Iraq another Vietnam. Why? Because YOU guys won the Vietnam War. America lost, but YOU won. So what if over 3 million innocents were slaughtered
because we were forced out of South East Asia by the media, huh? WE -- America -- were the bad guys, after all. How many more will need to be sacrificed at the alter of lib/dem/soc/commie beliefs and Blame America First doctrines? And will it bother you if/when an American city is nuked, gassed or otherwise WMD'd by your terrorist compatriots?
Naw, you'll just blame Bush.
We are in the midst of a war. A war not of our choosing. A war brought to our shores by men who have corrupted an entire religion in order to develop their thirst for power, blood, and attention. Instead of focusing on how the United States should treat terrorists like soldiers and give them full GenÃ¨ve Convention status, perhaps you should focus on how closely the terrorists are following those doctrines of war (see also: not at
all). Instead of posting photos of near-naked terrorists with panties on their heads, perhaps you should post the photos of the slaughtered remains of those two soldiers after they had been tortured--REALLY tortured. Instead of publishing the photos of the head of Al Zarqawi and wondering if he had been beaten, or if we possibly harmed any innocents when we dropped two 500-pound bombs on his not-so-safe house, perhaps you should publish the photos of Daniel Pearl's head. His severed head. As well as the video of Zarqawi SAWING his head off.
And then, you can come back and tell America who the real enemy is.
Besides yourselves, that is.
About the Writer: Doc Farmer is a writer and humorist who is also a moderator on ChronWatch's Forum. He formerly lived in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but now resides in the Midwest. Doc receives e-mail at email@example.com.