Get Off Their Backs
By Michael Reagan
November 19, 2004
Are the media on our side, or are they rooting for a bunch of
murderous thugs who enjoy lopping off innocent peoples' heads?
We are once again getting the answer loud and clear - to the
media what the United States does in Iraq is always wrong, and
the enemy is usually shown, not as a terrorist, but a victim
of unwarranted U.S. aggression.
Consider the firestorm that
erupted when a young U.S. Marine, wounded the day before, was
videotaped in the act of shooting a so-called insurgent who may
or may not have been armed or booby trapped, waiting for a chance
to blow Marines and himself to kingdom come.
That videotape, filmed by an
embedded NBC photographer whose photos are prominently featured
on an anti-war German website, has now replaced the Abu Ghraib
pictures as proof of American brutality even though the film
doesn't begin to explain the circumstances behind the incident.
But that hasn't prevented the
media from showing the film over and over again without telling
the other side of the story that the situation could well
have been one of kill-or-be-killed as happened time and
again to Marines during the battle for Fallujah.
NBC, the photographer's employer,
led the pack, broadcasting the controversial footage four times
an hour for two days. And the rest of the media jumped aboard.
Not one of them has bothered to explain what lay behind the incident.
- As of this writing, 40 United
States Marines have died while cleaning out the terrorist havens
- In a single week, Marines
and Army units killed as many as 1,200 of the enemy and captured
1,000 more and did this despite forfeiting the element of surprise,
so civilians could escape, according to The Star newspaper.
- Along with the Marine who
shot the insurgent, his comrades over more than eight days have
had to endure what the Star described as "some of the toughest
infantry duty imaginable, house-to-house urban fighting against
an enemy that neither wears a uniform nor obeys any normal rules
of war." The newspaper cited this report from The Times
of London describing how the insurgents fight: "In
the south of Fallujah yesterday, U.S. Marines found the armless,
legless body of a blonde woman, her throat slashed and her entrails
cut out. Benjamin Finnell, a hospital apprentice with the U.S.
Navy Medical Corps, said that she had been dead for a while,
but at that location for only a day or two. The woman was wearing
a blue dress; her face had been disfigured. It was unclear if
the remains were the body of the Irish-born aid worker Margaret
Hassan, 59, or of Teresa Borcz, 54, a Pole abducted two weeks
ago. Both were married to Iraqis and held Iraqi citizenship;
both were kidnapped in Baghdad last month."
While zeroing in on this incident,
the media has largely ignored the grisly discoveries of so-called
"slaughter houses" where the insurgents committed atrocities
unheard of since the barbarian invasions of the West in 400 &
- On Monday, 12 male corpses
were found in two homes - six in a living room and another half-dozen
in a bedroom - their bodies tangled together, stacked on each
- One of the execution rooms
unearthed by the Marines - dubbed "the slaughterhouse"
- was believed to have been used by Zarqawi's terror group to
behead foreign hostages, including American businessman Nicholas
Berg, whose body was found in early May, Marine Lt. Col. Patrick
Malay told the Star.
Yet few networks or newspapers
bothered to show photos of the Fallujah slaughter pens which
graphically revealed the true nature of the enemy - they were
all too busy showcasing the photo of the Marine engaged in what
any fair-minded person would see as a fully justifiable action.
Whose side is the media on?
Mike Reagan, the eldest son
of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200
talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.
Look for Mike's new book "Twice Adopted".
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