...(and I noticed how you belittled THEIR awards as well, implying they only got them to justify the award to Sgt. Hester...I think that's pretty insulting to all those soldiers.)
When you get over your emotional outpouring, I suggest you take a moment and review the numbers and the context of the article. They were 29 combatants killed -29, and three Silver Stars were giving out. No one in this unit was killed, and none were critically injured. Do you know of any other battles during this conflict in which so many Silver Stars were giving out? If not, what made this attack so spectacular? The article goes out of it's way to suggest that this proves women belong in combat, even brings up the fact that congress recently passed a measure the prevents women from serving in such roles. Read the article again and tell me what it has to say about the actions of the men who also received Silver Stars.
Actually, I'm not emotional at all. :)
I was replying to the comment that you made about NOT belitting anyone. I was simply pointing out other statements that you made that appeared to contradict that. That is independent of whatever numbers you want to talk about. Either you are belittling folks, or you are not. Either you're belitting just her, or not.
I don't really care too much what your opinion of women in combat is, and overall, I would agree with your assessment re: the numbers quoted in the article...I was just struck by the contradiction. Or backpedaling, if you prefer that term.
Do try to avoid some emotional outpouring yourself, and pay attention to what I'm actually responding to, rather than what you THINK I am responding to.