Tuesday, April 6, 2004

One of our boys writes home

Joe Roche, serving in the U.S. Army's 16th Combat Engineer Battalion in Baghdad (rank unknown), writes of his observations.

The article is a needed balance to the constant reporting of problems from the BLIMP (biased liberal mainstream press), that slow, big, fat, thin-membraned, outrageously redundant and obsolete rigid-structured monolith filled with explosive gas that has a name written on its side in fonts oddly reminiscent of ancient Germanic texts.

Sorry ... got sidetracked.

Enlisted Man/Officer Roche writes cogently of his observations and fears. It is a short article steeped in reality - it has the fullness and balance of a conversation held over a cup of coffee or a pint of beer with a friend.

We are accomplishing wonderful things for and with the Iraqi people. The ability of the terrorists to continue operating there is greatly compromised - and now they are lashing out as a mortally wounded animal does when it tries to hold off the predators.

Why the BLIMP always ignores stories like these is of no interest to me anymore. I seek my own news. I know every story has two sides (except ones that describe the sheer duplicity of Kerry, of course). It will be a few years but books will be published - Iraq - A Society Transformed, From Terror to Triumph, or Democratic Iraq - How I Saved Our Great Country from my Newsstand on the Corner of Maghreb and Imam al-Adham Streets. Then a balanced picture will emerge.

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