Sunday, October 09, 2005

Are there no heroes to write about?

When was the last time you heard on the TV news or read in a newspaper about the heroic actions or US soldiers, sailors, airmen or marines? I cannot recall a single instance since November 2004, when the marines cleared Fallujah of it's terrorists. We hear plenty about the service members killed or injured every day, and we hear plenty about supposed abuses of detainees, but not about what OUR men and women are doing to save lives and free Iraq and Afghanistan from terrorists.

Bing West writes about the lack of news relating to the hundreds, or thousands, of acts of heroism during OIF in this article. You can read about who Mr. West is at his website. He has just released a book titled NO TRUE GLORY....A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah.

The names or America's military heros should be part of our everyday lives. Radio, TV and newspapers should give us facts about who these men and women are and why their actions are important. Otherwise pride in our military will be weakened as the Cindy's (mother of hero Casey Sheehan) and the Osama's tell the world how evil we are.

5 Comments:

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Lora said...

There are those who will have PRIDE in our military no matter what is or is not said and there are those who will be OPPOSED to the military no matter what is or is not said. Yet, I know that the media sometimes plays a part in perceptions so, I wish that they would include some of the many heroic stories which are forever occurring. I don't understand why they don't. Who is it that is in charge of the mainstream media that is opposed to telling these heroic stories? Why is tragedy the only thing that is fed to us? You are ABSOLUTELY correct. They haven't been telling the stories of heroics nor do they focus on any of the positives, the gains that have been made...ONLY the death toll, each and every day..day after day...it makes me nauseous. So, I go blog hopping to read about our heroes, their endeavors and the progress that is being made...and I, for one, am proud. EXTREMELY PROUD.

God Bless the troops. May they complete their missions successfully and come home safely.

P.S. Thanks for the link. Looks like something worth checking into.

 
At 5:12 PM, Anonymous MissBirdlegs in AL said...

I agree totally! Thanks so much for the link, too. Excellent commentary - just wish everyone could/would read it (especially journalists!).

 
At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night I watched Mr. West being interviewed by an LA Times reporter. Excellent interview. I plan to buy his book. Thanks for the tip, Geoff.

Laura

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Lora said...

I've ordered this book even though someone that was there says that's it's not "completely" accurate. I'm not sure that anyone could write a "completely" accurate account of the battle of Fallujah. There was too much going on. Anyway, it must not be TOO bad or you and he would have advised against it. I'll give it a shot.

Still learning....still amazed.

 
At 7:57 PM, Blogger senorlechero said...

Lora.........I spoke with my source today, and that source said that "many" marines agreed with him that the book is "inacurate" in many details, and in that respect it's disappointing.

However, the book gives so much background on the entire story of Fallujah that I find it very fascinating and exciting. I'm halfway through and am really enjoying it.

 

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