…Mark G. Brennan on this one. If the thousands of American soldiers killed, and the tens of thousands injured got this kind of coverage, then maybe the People would rethink their position on this. But apparently Americans love their journalists more than their sons and daughters…[from LewRockwell.com]
“Ever hear of a guy named Jerry Durbin? No? OK, let me use his proper name. Did you ever hear of a guy named Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? Not that either? OK, let me try it with his title. Did you ever hear of Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? From Spring, Texas? Still doesn’t ring a bell? Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team? No luck with that either? Well, just so you know, Staff Sgt. Durbin died last Wednesday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol. The honorable, 26 year-old Staff Sgt. Durbin leaves behind a wife, two children, a stepdaughter and his parents to pay him his final respects.
“Let’s try another one. Ever hear of Bob Woodruff? “Of course!” you just yelled. I would also bet you know that in the last 24 hours Mr. Woodruff, reporting from Iraq for ABC News, suffered serious injuries when an explosion hit the Iraqi vehicle in which he was riding during a shootout near Baghdad. Luckily, Mr. Woodruff was wearing full body armor but he and his cameraman, Bob Vogt, suffered severe shrapnel wounds to their heads and upper bodies. Since they were standing up in the vehicle’s turret they were more exposed and therefore more prone to injury. I wish both Messrs. Woodruff and Vogt a speedy recovery and pray that none of their injuries are life-threatening.”
“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
— Herbert Spencer