Kerry has been getting a lot of flack for his comment
a few days ago, basically dissing our troops in Iraq:And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs.
Um...and he was on the debate club in Yale? Sheesh. If this were Bush, everyone would be reaming him for his lack of verbal eloquence. But instead we are reaming him for the content of what he said.
I digress. Basically, American soldiers are terrorizing kids AND children...(hee hee, it's fun to continue to beat a dead horse). However, it reminds me of a post from CB
, back in the day, where he described a raid, in the dead of night. And how the children and wife of the detainee were screaming, and everyone was really distressed. And he said he felt very sorry for them, especially the wife, who was screaming: “what am I going to do?” But he ended up saying the husband was an IED builder and was responsible for the deaths of many people. So even though the soldiers were “terrorizing” those children, their father put them in the position to be “terrorized.”
And obviously, there are cases where they terrorize kids of innocent people, cases of mistaken identity.
A few year back, on a very rainy night in Los Angeles, there was pounding at the door of my brother and sister-in-law's house. At 4AM in the morning. My sister-in-law got out of bed, and looked out the window, and saw that policemen were at the door. So she opened up. The police started yelling at her, and asked if a man was inside and was he armed? She was very confused and said, yes her husband was in the house, but he wasn't armed. And the hustled her out to the squad car. By that time my brother got up, and he was pretty much butt nekkid, and the police then screamed at him to get on the floor, and trained their guns on him, and handcuffed him.
Long story short. Because of the rain, there was some mechanism in the telephone that disconnected it. And in Los Angeles, if something like this happens in certain cases it immediately alerts the police about possible case of domestic violence.
So my brother and sister-in-law were “terrorized” by the police. Sure. It was a mistake on the part of the police. It happens often. However, in comparison with the amount of times that police respond to true domestic violence calls, and other issues and save the day, this is practically negligible. Yes, there are issues of police brutality, and there are cases where the police get the wrong person, and yes, these mistakes can't be ignored. However, to discredit the police overall and focus only on those cases?
The media loves to show footage of American soldiers busting into houses (if they can get footage) and screaming children (and kids...), but why do they not show the shocking aftermath of the suspects' labors? Somehow screaming kids, next to the aftermath of a car-bomb with body parts everywhere doesn't compare.
Context is everything. It reminds me of this
:A few strokes at the edit bay and voilà, The Shining is a feel-good family film.
However, Kerry does concede that terrorizing will happen...he just says “Iraqis should be doing that
So really...the terrorizing isn't a problem for Kerry after all. He just doesn't want American soldiers doing any dirty work. He thinks the Iraqis should suck it up, and already be dealing with the whole problem themselves. I mean, according to the wisdoms
of Ted Kennedy: “If America can train the best military in the world in 13 weeks, why can't we train the Iraqis in eight or 12 or 15 months to fight and die for their country?"
And I must counter with: how does Ted Kennedy get re-elected again and again?
And with comments of the likes of Kerry's one really has to wonder if he understands the values of propaganda...I mean, his picture is still hanging
in the Museum of War Remnants in Ho Chi Mihn City, so he should.
Basically, yes an occupation is not nice, and yes, our soldiers may scare children often. But in the overall picture, there is a lot more good stories about soldiers and the general public than bad. Focus, people!