Remember Abu Ghraib? Of course you do. Abu Ghraib was a tragedy and a travesty. Although it is my firm belief that what happened there was a one-off, isolated case, brought on by some poorly-motivated and poorly-trained lower-enlisted types, some people used that embarrassing episode to ridicule the US Military and the Bush Administration.
Well, of course they did. There's no such thing as a right war, but many see this war as particularly wrong. I disagree, but I'm not trying to get into the politics of war here. I'm simply trying to point out that many people used the images of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse as an excuse to trash our troops in the field.
And I'm not talking about terrorists, Iraqis, or the French (they all did it too, but thats another post). I'm talking about the American media. It was all over the place. Not right or left, but American. Period. And they used those pictures as fodder for some of the most vile, vitriolic hate speech I've ever seen leveled at other Americans during a war.
So, with that in mind, I'd like to include here some further proof of American military behavior in the field, the kind of behavior the American media isn't showing you.
I I don't mean to imply that it's all fun and games over there, or that everyone's happy we're there. I don't mean to diminish in any way the simple fact that this is a war. Sort of.
But if you're going to show one side of the picture, and use that to great political advantage, then why aren't you showing the other side as well? Why isn't anyone showing American troops in the field acting like compassionate human beings? Or at least normal human beings? I was there for more than a year, and I nevr say any kind of abuse by American troops. I did, however, see a lot of the kind of thing shown here in these photos, which were sent to me by a friend (I have no idea who took them or when - although the ones with the USMC digicamo must have been taken after the digicamo came out).
Also, I wouldn't want anyone to think that I'm trying to use these pics to justify our being there, or to justify war in general. I'm just like you in that, if I had my way, all of our troops would be home right now. But I don't have my way, and I have to accept that, because to jyust pull them out, without first accomplishing the mission, would be another travesty.
I also have to accept other simple facts about our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan - but like I said above, I'm not trying to get into the plitics of it all. A friend sent these pics, and I wanted to show them to you.