Skip to comments.Some fictional horrors of war
Posted on 01/19/2008 6:11:40 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
Have you been in an airport recently and maybe seen a gaggle of America's heroes returning from Iraq? And you've probably thought, "Ah, what a marvelous sight. Remind me to straighten up the old 'Support Our Troops' fridge magnet, which seems to have slipped down below the reminder to reschedule my acupuncturist. Maybe I should go over and thank them for their service."
No, no, no, under no account approach them. Instead, try to avoid making eye contact and back away slowly toward the sign for the parking garage. You're in the presence of mentally damaged violent killers who could snap at any moment.
(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...
I always walk right up and say “Thank you for your service to our country. You are a hero.” They smile bashfully and say “Your welcome” or something like “Yes ma’am.” It’s great.
It is one of the pleasures of my life, that when I see a person in uniform, to say, “On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your service to our country” and shake their hand.
It is an honor, as well. And it doesn’t matter where I am.
YOU ARE SICK
Great work by Steyn. There are thousands of national politicians and media pundits who would increase their knowledge about the war by 1,000% just by reading, and understanding, this one article on the subject.
You have to love Iowahawk.
Read the full article.
Have we found those tens of thousands of homeless veterans of the WoT yet?
The very best way of greeting returning vets? A job fair.
Even though the law says that deployed military personnel cannot be fired, many employers do so anyway. There is no easy way to even guess how many returning vets are in need of immediate employment (15%? 30%?).
And right now, many businesses are starting layoffs with the idea of some degree of economic recession in the near term.
But the idea that there are a bunch of prospective employers out there who *prefer* to hire vets, would be the best news that many vets could see, other than returning to their families.
Yeah, that was a laugher.
Their tactic was to always speak in broad terms of “compassion” and “caring’ and “inclusion” and “open mindedness” while they worked to undermine and destroy the thing they hate to the very core of their being: America and her Judaeo-Christian enlightenment and mores. This stunt actually worked in the early ‘70’s, just as most of what they did between the ‘50’s through the 70’s bore fruit but they’ve lost a lot of traction now and things are really getting interesting.
Heck, last time I ran into some GIs in chocolate chips, I paid for their lunches (they were in the line behind me at the Wendy’s at Atlanta-Hartsfield. . .)
I hope that our current crop of young veterans will, in the future, do to those who are Viet Namming them today exactly what the SVfT, VVaJK, Families of POW/MIA Against John Kerry and numerous other groups did to those who “Viet Nammed” THEM.
Oh, cripes. So the NYT is trying to “Kerryize” the troops again. You remember John Kerry? He was the guy who promoted the rumors (all false) that US Troops were murdering savages who raped children by the thousands in Vietnam.
Later the exact same media tactics were used against Vietnam vets by the MSM. I recall having people back away from me at parties if they learned I was a Nam vet. Stories were rampant about Vietnam vets who went wacko. None of the stories noted that the proportion of Nam vets who went nuts was lower than the proportion of, say, psychiatrists or policemen or liberals. Same same as the NYT today. They are boocoo #10 haters of the troops. I say some tripwired claymores set up outside the NYT offices cure their viciousness permanently. (Just kidding). Sorry ‘bout that.
That's another thing: the left did such a thorough job of painting out Viet Nam veterans as lunatic, drug addicted serial killers that it got to the point where they stopped filling in the spot for military service on job applications that had them....because employers refused to hire lunatic, drug addicted serial killers. Only veterans hired veterans, and eventually, OVER THIRTY YEARS, they acheived some kind of equilibrium, and 35 years later even a measure of justice against those who wronged them.
It breaks my heart again to see it happening...AGAIN.
And even if they act shy or embarrassed, trust me, they appreciate the personally expressed gratitude.
It's such a nice balance to all of the garbage the media spews forth.
In another posting of the Slimes story, someone rounded up a bunch of headlines about people who were facing foreclosure on their homes who "went postal", suggesting (sarcastically, of course) that home ownership be banned.
The original NYT article seems to have crawled back under the rock it was found beneath. Usually, the drive-by media would have kept this in the news cycle for at least a week or more. So baseless and poorly reckoned were the statistics played in that article that the usual front page propaganda never really had any traction.
Of course, all the revealing postmortems on that article, such as this ocregister one, are even more difficult to find.
In the old days, pre-pajamas media, the original would have run its usual course, and slandered/libeled the subjects.
Well, I’m a little old lady so lots of times I get a hug. :D
Yes, I am sick and tired of the LSM, the 'RATs, trolls...
John Kerry? That name sounds familar. He was in Vietnam, wasn't he?
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Once again, Steyn nails it!
Everyone: READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE!!!!!
We cannot let it happen again. It is up to us to stop it anywhere and everywhere we see it. I was too young to have affected it for Vietnam, I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow it to happen again.
Yuck, I havent seen chocolate chips since about 1998. Quite possibly(IMO) the ugliest uniforms ever. Now the new digi’s are just great looking.
The Left is crazed they really do need psychotherapy with a hefty dose of physical-therapy, aka a bump on the head too.
One of the real shames of the Iraq war and aftermath have been the failure of the claimed “conservative” commentators to have the guts to go against the PC-beltway-Dim line and point out that while each casualty is sad, the US casualty rate in the war on terrorism and the Iraqi theater of operations of the war on terrorism particularly have been quite low. I am glad to see Mark Steyn have the guts to step up.
Those interested should look at US KIA rates in past wars or really compare them to the US population. A thesis of mine is that only because the casualty rate is so low do the press and Dims dare run down the war effort and the troops. If the casualty rate were high, they would be more circumspect in such criticism because in every audience there would be a mother, brother, father, sister, son, daugher etc of one of those who died in battle who likely would be offended by such talk.
Dude, don't harsh my buzz.
You can tell what the media is going to do in Iraq coverage by following their history in Vietnam. It was rather late in the Vietnam war before the media turned to John Kerry's psycho-babykillers narrative.
National Journal’s lengthy and precise coverage of critiques of the “study”:
The answer is clear but the problem seems to be systemic.
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Hurrah! I was wondering what happened to the old Steyn list.
Me too, I LOVE Steyn!
Thanks for the Ping! I love that man. :)
Thanks for picking up the task!
On, please! Thanks for the ping!
Steyn ping. He’s pretty spot on here.
Thanks for the ping and taking over the list. Viva Steyn indeed!
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Broadcast journalism in particular is propbably the most competitive and fastest paced profession in the world. There are only a handful of job openings for each new graduating class, and even some of those do not go to journalism school graduates. The stakes in turn are enormously high. Fame and immense fortune can result for the lucky few, and utter failure for a lot more. One cannot help but wonder what kind of driven, obsessive personality is required to reach the very top in such an environment.
On top of that, we have the journalism culture itself, the characteristic internal culture of the media-industrial complex as I have called it. As documented by Thomas Frank in his brilliant cultural history, The Conquest of Cool, this internal culture is still solidly based on the counterculture of the 1960s. This brings its own set of attendant problems and distortions.
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Hope all works out well for Pokey78; thanks to him also.
Steyn is brilliant, as usual.
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