And here at home? There are few Ernie Pyles in Iraq to record the heroism of our soldiers; no John Fords to film their valor — but legions to write ad nauseam of Abu Ghraib, and to make up stories of flushed Korans and Americans terrorizing Iraqi women and children.
The Haditha courts-martial is out in the Gulf, gathering strength. It has the potential to be an order of magnitude worse than Abu Ghraib. It will make land fall in about two weeks, and it will be a Category 5 shitstorm.
IF atrocities have been committed, they are indefensible, but I don’t see how we can remain silent while the usual suspects use Haditha to break the will of the people and force an ignominious and disastrous premature withdrawal. We can not sit on our hands while the other side slanders the entire Marine Corps and Operation Iraqi Freedom. We cannot give the anti-war Left unopposed and unrebutted license to dominate the debate.
Fill your sandbags, board your windows, bone up on the UCMJ and the Manual of Courts Martial, bookmark Good News From Iraq stories and prepare yourself to defend the honor of the Corps.
Those people on the other side will attempt to convince the uninformed that whatever happened at Haditha was a common practice, that all our warfighters are war criminals who just haven’t been caught yet, that OIF itself was illegal, yada yada etc. etc. Not much different from what they have being trying to sell all along, but this time they will have more buyers, especially when the pictures are published.
We can’t defend the indefensible, but we can patiently explain, over and over again, even to the willfully obtuse, that Operation Iraqi Freedom is a noble endeavor, that our Marines and soldiers are honorable warriors who do not tolerate dishonorable acts from within their own ranks, and that the evil done by the few does not negate the accomplishments of the proud.