November 19, 2004

Doing His Job

Diane West in the WashTimes on The Marine:

"Enlightened" people everywhere are clucking — but not over the heinous execution of CARE's Margaret Hassan, the mutilated bodies found on Fallujah's streets, the beheading chamber discovered by U.S. soldiers, the Taliban-like decrees threatening death for Fallujah women who don't "cover," or the bomb-making workshops seized before creating more craters of carnage. They emote over the death of a terrorist dedicated to all of the above.
Liberals - many of them, including a few who should know better - treat this incident like a police shooting gone wrong.

It's not.

...I have heard nothing, nada, zilch that indicates this Marine was doing anything besides trying to preserve life and limb in his unit while fighting to wrest control of Fallujah for liberated Iraq.
"In a combat infantry soldier's training, he is always taught that his enemy is at his most dangerous when he is severely wounded," commented Charles Heyman, a senior analyst with Jane's Consultancy Group in Britain. And the jihadist enemy we find in Iraq — comrade in both faith and arms with the terrorists of Beslan, Bali, Jerusalem, Madrid, and Manhattan — are even more dangerous wounded than others.
Some are rigged with suicide-belts to detonate in extremis. Boobytrapped corpses — a Judeo-Christian taboo Muslim jihadists overcome, I suspect, in their perverse belief that killing infidels on earth earns them virgins in paradise — are a common hazard in hotspots. Even one of our beheaded hostages in June, poor devil, was packed with explosives designed to detonate at an American soldier's touch. Who, among the global millions who have watched NBC's videotaped-shooting, realize that a comrade of the Marine in question was killed by a booby-trapped corpse the day before? That same corpse-bomb wounded five others in the unit.
I've had it.

If the Marine does get brought up on charges, I will start a fund to take contributions for his legal defense. This whole fracas is a travesty.

The good news? According to Powerline, it's only a travesty here. From one of their Iraq correspondents:

I just got of the phone with my father in Baghdad. I asked him what is the reaction of the Marine killing the injured Iraqi in the Mosque in Felujah. His first words were "Good riddance."

People are not giving it a second thought. Any terrorist who attacks soldiers from Mosques has no sanctuary. Any terrorists who fake death to kill in a mosque deserve no mercy. He says Iraqis (including Sunnis) are fed up with the terrorists and want them eliminated.

There was much uproar about the brutal kidnapping killing of Mrs. Margaret Hassan. Iraqis are upset outraged and disgusted with her brutal abduction & killing. She helped us, helped the poor & needy and this what the terrorist do to her and her family.

He says we must stay strong, united and relentless in the pursuit of the terrorist. Baghdad had relative calm over the last few days. People are even going out in the street till 9:30pm now.

Nothing a little Sharia couldn't fix, huh?

Posted by Mitch at November 19, 2004 10:25 AM | TrackBack

It's funny how quiet the "Joshua's" have gotten since the London Times story. That's right dems, don't recognize the good we're doing, only attack a Marine for defending himself. Yet more to be proud of.

Posted by: Jarhead at November 19, 2004 12:27 PM


Please don't assume that all Democrats want to condemn Marine X. I’ve read the responses to Mitch’s earlier post, and while I think Joshua has an interesting POV, and as Mitch replied- time will tell as to whose theory will prevail; I personally (who votes for the Democratic Party) do not want to persecute this Marine. I do think our soldiers should do everything possible to ensure they return home, alive. I recognize that they are risking their lives for this country (the cause I question, but let’s not get into that, it’s been played WAY too may times), and believe we should not send any message to them during this critical time other than our full support.

So stop generalizing.

Posted by: dee at November 19, 2004 01:09 PM

I agree that those people who "emote" for the terrorist and have a knee-jerk reaction to want the Marine's head on platter are only to be despised. But at the same time, I think there is something ennobling that reaffirms the American character when such an incident gives thoughtful people pause to reflect on the events, if only to confirm that the Marine was acting as he should in light of the possibility that he was not. I’m glad I don’t live in a country where the universal feeling is “good riddance,” a knee-jerk reaction as surely as condemning the Marine out of hand.

Posted by: Craig Westover at November 20, 2004 06:49 AM