The allegations about Marines killing civilians in Haditha last year are bad enough. But what’s worse is that one possible incident of abuse so easily overshadows the efforts of U.S. forces who struggle daily to prove we are not the Great Satan.
Certainly innocents are being killed in this war, and unlawful behavior should be punished, but recognize the difference:
Our highly disciplined troops are fighting under rules of engagement designed to protect and defend innocents, to minimize the loss of life. They regularly save lives.
The enemy has no rules. They kill as many innocents as possible, as horrifically as possible, every day. They murder outright, or attempt to spark revenge killings among rival factions, or launch attacks while among civilians, hoping that any return fire by U.S. or Iraqi forces will cause casualties. (please read the entire article)
There are men and women in uniform putting their lives on the line not only for each other, but for the innocent civilians. The women and the children injured by the same IEDs that the insurgents use to kill our soldiers, are being treated by our military medics, doctors, surgeons and on more than one occasion they are flown to other bases and even the United States for further treatment. These are not men and women who would blatantly kill innocents, they would lay down their lives to protect them and they have…often.
There are soldiers using whatever influence they may have in their hometowns to have supplies sent to them so that the children can go to school with brand new books and pencils. And other soldiers getting new shoes sent to them so that the children are no longer running in the streets in bare feet. There are the toys, the games, the balls, the hugs. These are not the actions of “cold-blooded killers” as Kerry and Murtha would have you believe.
I am not naive. I know that there are bad people in the service, just as there are in every organization, but the good people, the ones who believe in the mission and know they are doing what is right to help the Iraqi people, definitely outweigh those who are bad. We need to remember their sacrifices and honor them and not condemn them for the “alleged” actions of a few. Allegations that have yet to be proven.