Cox and Forkum have a new cartoon up that pretty well sums up all the difficulties the modern American fighter has to endure as he seeks out the enemies of democracy.
The articles they link to should give everyone food for thought. Are we allowing ourselves to be hemmed in with restrictive rules of engagement along with our soldiers own moral code to not shoot if in doubt? That the murdering thugs infesting Iraq are using news of the Haditha allegations hanging over everyone’s head to paralyze for an extra instant the reactions of American soldiers to give them the edge in murdering those soldiers? Perhaps so.
The NRO article though I think is the most telling. American media outlets have trumpeted that Haditha is another My Lai while facts are still being correlated on Haditha. NRO is right, who remembers Hue? Everyone like John Kerry should because Hue was a scene of butchery and brutality reminiscent of Genghis Khan. During Tet 1968, Viet Cong forces over-ran the ancient capitol city most known for its centers of learning. It was a scene of fierce fighting as South VietNamese and American forces struggled to recapture the city. Hue was retaken and then the horrors were discovered. Bodies in shallow mass graves along the Perfume River were found with hands tied behind their backs and then shot before being tossed into those graves. In one instance of the Viet Cong eliminating an entire family unit, even the goldfish was killed.
Now we are accepting the bodies of two brave Americans who fell protecting the country they loved, the ideals they cherished, and family/friends who adored them. These two brave men were butchered by cowardly thugs and then their desecrated bodies were then abandoned in an area filled with booby-traps by these cowards who hoped to claim more American lives.
But in Iraq as in VietNam who is being vilified as truly evil? The American soldier is because a few put panties on the heads of prisoners in Iraq while in VietNam Lt. Cally lost control of his unit at My Lai.
The true evil lays on the other side and so does the blame. They are the ones who enjoy driving cars loaded with explosives into crowds of women and children in the hope they also kill the Americans who are handing out food. They are the ones who revel in sadistic pleasure as they saw the heads off captives while recoding it on video. They are the ones who need to be hunted down like diseased animals and killed before their disease spreads.