Wednesday, December 21, 2005
  No Heroes' Allowed?
The mainstream media would have us believe that the war in Iraq is an ignoble crusade with no heroes. Like John Kerry they seem to think "young American soldiers [are] going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, ...women." Of course, every real American knows that the liberal Left and their talking heads in the media couldn't be more wrong.

Need proof? In Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marines alone have earned 8 Navy Crosses, 35 Silver Stars, 617 Bronze Stars with "V" for Valor, 1,126 Bronze Stars, and 5,197 Purple Hearts. But the media doesn't talk about that. We have to rely on BlackFive.

If it were up to the media no one would know who Paul Ray Smith is. Why else would they bury the story of his Medal of Honor on the back page of the New York Times? Less than a week before victory in Baghdad in April 2003, Sgt Smith and his men were building a holding facility for Iraqi prisoners. Suddenly surprised by about 100 Republican Guard fighters, the American's were in danger of being overrun. Manning a 50-caliber machine gun mounted on a vehicle Smith repelled the Iraqi attack while his men took up safer defensive positions. Smith killed at least 50 of Saddam's elite troops before being killed by a shot to the head.

In a letter to his parents just before the war, Smith wrote, "I am prepared to give all that I am to ensure that all my boys make it home." This is the kind of person that makes America great. Why doesn't the media see it?

According to Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center, between January and September only 8 network news stories out of 1,300 broadcast were about the heroism of American troops and only 9 were about soldiers helping Iraqis. In contrast 79 stories "focused on allegations of combat mistakes or outright misconduct on the part of U.S. military personnel." Stanley Williams, the quadruple murderer, commands our attention from the TV, while Smith and all the other heroes who defend this country are at best ignored and at worst vilified.

Why isn't the bravery and sacrifice of Sgt Paul Ray Smith at least as newsworthy as the execution of a murderous thug like Stanley Williams? Why has Williams become a hero to the looney Left while Smith was ignored?

Simple. They hate America. They hate America's greatness. And, they hate those who make America great.
There's quite a few heros....those who enlisted and serve with honor and courage.

Then there are those that stay home and are content to let others do the dying.
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