This is a War, Right?
By Kenneth D. Christensen
September 6, 2003
The United States is involved in a war. We call it the War on Terrorism. I am not happy to hear almost daily that some of our military personnel have paid the supreme price in service to their country. All wars result in casualties, correct?
"One American soldier killed today." "Three US soldiers killed in ambush." "US deaths rise to 276 since cessation of major hostilities." I could quote dozens more similar recent news headlines. Reading these stories would lead you to believe that the war in Iraq is a total loss for the United States. Need I point out that more American citizens than that die daily to violence in major American cities? We need to keep things in proper perspective folks!
Most major television news services report that the Iraqi people hate us and want us to leave. Indeed, many liberal politicians say that America is the big bad bully. We should have left the Iraqi people to live joyously under the murderous government of Saddam. Some of these wonderful "public servants" are even calling for the impeachment of our president, because he dared to do the right thing. What should be done to these politicians is subject matter for an entire article by itself!
Returning soldiers from Iraq tell a much different story of what the Iraqi people think of us. They love us for vanquishing Saddam. There are many sweet stories of their appreciation of our military personnel. You won't see these stories on CNN or in the New York Times!
I digress, now to the point of this diatribe. We constantly hear about all the Americans that are dying. Does anyone notice anything missing in those reports? I will give you a hint. It reminds me of a story in the Bible about a couple caught in the act of adultery. They report this to Jesus to see what He would do about it. A key verse in the story is John 8:4 which says "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." They wanted our Lord to sentence the woman to death as required by the law. However, were they really trying to enforce the law? Read the law and see if you can determine what (or who!) is missing. Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
Do you see it? Where is the man?
Fine, now apply that to the news reports I alluded to above. What is missing? The enemy! We are never told about enemy casualties. I wonder why. Could it be that if people were given ALL of the facts, they just might see that we are winning?
I am not blood thirsty. I do not really want to read about scores of people dying every day. The point is, if the news media really wants to present the situation accurately, they must report the casualties on BOTH sides!
Ask yourself why that with very few exceptions, the only news about Iraq we hear casts a negative light on the U.S.A. Is the major media liberal? Naw, couldn't be!