Doesn't it seem like the Main Stream Media and the far-left bloggers were salivating at the story of the Fallujah Marine -ready to pounce on their new Abu Gharib. This marine was seen on an NBC tape shooting a man in Iraq who had hours before been shooting at our troops. This man was shooting from a Mosque and not in uniform -both Geneva Convention violations, and pretending to be dead.
"Have our Marines not earned the benefit of the doubt, at least that...I'm going to give him that." Joe Lieberman.
This Marine had been wounded in the face just the day before the incident and the practice of booby-trapping dead and wounded fighters is common practice in Iraq. When you view the entire tape you see that another man who is lying across the room clearly identifies himself -and he was not harmed. The Marine yells frantically, "He's faking he's dead", but doesn't shoot until the man makes a sudden move (after just pretending to be dead)-to me, a clear indication that he was warning his fellow Marines and felt there was a real danger.
"When in doubt, take OUR side...When in doubt attack the enemy." Bill O'Reilly
Why does the left always jump to take the side of the opposition? I want to understand. I can understand that the Arab media is playing this tape ad nauseum-though they are not playing the execution of Margaret Hassan (the long-time aid worker to Iraq who was shot in the face by her Muslim captors); but I can't understand why the LA Times would have a headline reading, "Marine kills unarmed fighter" before all the details have emerged.
Over on Free Republic the Freepers have pointed out an interesting point...should the Marine be punished for 'pulling a Kerry'?
"Not so fast, say the folks at FreeRepublic.com, who point out that John Kerry got a Silver Star with Combat V [for valor] for committing the same sort of "atrocity."
In fact, the February 1969 incident was considered by Kerry supporters to be his finest hour.
Patrolling the Bay Hap River, Kerry and his crew discovered they were about to be ambushed by a Viet Cong soldier who had just popped up at the shoreline with a loaded rocket launcher in his hands. With the VC about to fire, Kerry crew mate Thomas Bellodeau shot and wounded the attacker, saving the entire boat.
Only then did Kerry leap to the shore to chase the wounded enemy down - finishing him off behind a hootch.
When critics suggested that Kerry's actions that day were something less than heroic, they were hooted down by the press.
Certainly the as-yet-unnamed Marine in Fallujah deserves, if not the Silver Star, the same slack the press cut Kerry." NewsMaxx.com
I would hope that the Brass does not punish this marine to appease the public...to calm the Arab world. That would be tragic...almost as tragic as those who claim to support the troops as they jump all over each story that is meant to denigrate them. Let the facts come out -and don't be so quick to condemn our guys...they are doing daily what most of us will do never.
If you are interested: Here is a letter written by a Marine regaurding this incident...thank you BigandMean for bringing it to my attention...
Click here to READ THE LETTER
Please visit TWD to read his great post about this @ Buggie Boy...I meant to link this when I first put it up -thank you Free for reminding me.