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Posted on 10/16/2005 10:38:47 AM PDT by StoneGiant
Press Outraged Over Staged Flagraising
March 3rd, 1945
IWO JIMA (Routers) Controversy has erupted among the press corps in the last few days as news has spread that the now-famous picture of the "victorious" flag raising over Iwo Jima a couple weeks ago was staged. Many believe that, as the huge number of casualties mounted in the ill-fated and pointless invasion of this tiny island, the Roosevelt administration, desperate for a bit of pro-war propaganda, arranged to have the photo taken for dissemination to the world's news services.
It has been revealed that the picture was actually of a "recreation" of an earlier flag raising of a much smaller flag, though even that event has now been cast into doubt by the apparent attempt to mislead the press.
There is abundant evidence that the picture was not only unspontaneous, but orchestrated on orders from higher ups.
"None of the men in the picture actually carried the flag to the top," one reporter noted. "It was brought up by a lieutenant in charge, probably at White House orders." In addition, none of the men in the picture had even been injured in the fighting to that point.
The latest propaganda ploy from the administration comes in the midst of doubts about the war strategy, with many thinking this latest bloody adventure particularly misguided. Several thousand Marines have died already in the invasion, and many more have been injured, many losing limbs. Moreover, despite the "victory" implied by the "flag raising," the brave Japanese continue to resist in caves dug deep into the volcanic rock of the doughty little island, with continuing "Allied" casualties. One Republican staffer on the Hill declared that it was Roosevelt's attempt to prematurely declare "major combat operations over," when it was clear that the Japanese were going to continue to fight on to the last man.
Beyond the distaste at what now seems an obvious public-relations ploy, some military strategists argue that the Iwo Jima invasion wasn't worth the cost in resources and blood, or even necessary at all, since the only reason the island is desired is as an auxiliary air base for emergency landings of "Allied" bombers attacking the Japanese homeland.
Some of the anti-war groups are particularly outraged. "We've killed tens of thousands of Japanese soldiers, and several thousand of our own, just so we can save the lives of a few American air crews while they kill hundreds of thousands of helpless Japanese civilians," read a press release from one of the more prominent groups. It continued, "Now we find the Roosevelt administration attempting to cover up its criminal actions by staging events meant to hide the fact that we're losing this cruel war, with massive casualties on all sides."
The White House, of course, attempts to defend its actions. A spokesman points out that no claims have been made that fighting was over, and that the photo was a depiction of a real event that had occurred shortly before, but not been captured by the cameras. He also noted that Mount Suribachi was in fact taken that day, and had not been relinquished since.
This does not satisfy critics in the press or the anti-war movement, however.
"It's important to demonstrate the perfidy and mendacity of this administration now," said one leading spokesman, "before it becomes fixed in the mind of the public as an American 'victory,' or something to be admired and emulated in the future. If we don't set the record straight now, who knows how history will record it? For all we know, they'll decide to put up a bronze statue in Arlington to commemorate it, or something."
Thanks for posting this - it is a prime example of what WWII would have been like with today's press corps. D-Day? Horrific!
D-Day would have the invasion of the US.
The Pacific War is a QUAGMIRE! US out now!
Sad but very funny. Leftists can't wait to surrender and be beheaded just to score points and would blame Bush for that outcome too.
Ah, fooled me! This is satire! That's what I get for watching football and posting on FR at the same time!
This is good!
Great satire! Another headline might read:
PEARL HARBOR BOMBED
Why Do They Hate Us?
sadly, we all know too damn well this is the way today's MSM would've treated this story...
Great find for Satire and to Expose the Left for what they are; anit-American, America hating, cowards. I guess the best term for them is Quislings. May they all meet the same fate as the original Quisling.
In a not-so-funny aside, our regional newspaper refers to WWII veterans as "survivors."
And the Germans holding the beaches of France would be insurgents.
And if true, we would not be here.
And one man's "insurgent" is another man's "freedom fighter"!
A well done piece...
You must mean the Soviet Union, don't you?
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