Thursday, December 29, 2005

How US soldiers are "terrorizing" Iraqis

James Taranto at the WSJ Opinion Journal highlights a CNN story about the conduct of US soldiers in Iraq:

When troops from the Georgia National Guard raided a Baghdad home in early December, they had no idea that their mission in Iraq would take a different turn.

As the young parents of an infant girl nervously watched the soldiers search their modest home, the baby's unflinching grandmother thrust the little girl at the Americans, showing them the purple pouch protruding from her back.

Little Noor, barely three months old, was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal column fails to completely close. Iraqi doctors had told her parents she would live only 45 days.
But she was tenaciously clinging to life, and the soldiers in the home -- many of them fathers themselves -- were moved.

"Well, I saw this child as the firstborn child of the young mother and father and really, all I could think of was my five children back at home and my young daughter," Lt. Jeff Morgan told CNN from Baghdad. "And I knew if I had the opportunity whatsoever to save my daughter's life I would do everything possible.

"So my heart just kind of went out to this baby and these parents who ... were living in poverty and had no means to help their baby. I thought we could do that for them," he added.

So Morgan and his fellow soldiers began working to get Noor the help she needs.
Military doctors examined baby Noor. Meanwhile friends back home enlisted help for her cause, and Georgia Senator Chambliss is helping with visa requirements. Dr. Roger Hudgins has said he will carry out the life-saving operation for free.

James Taranto contrasts this with the words of John Kerry:

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.
John Kerry, to put it mildly, makes me puke. His blatant slander of US soldiers for political gain is unforgivable. His undermining of the armed forces and defeatism toward the cause they fight for is traitorous.

But there is one thing in what he said that was correct. The US soldiers do have to visit in the dead of night.

"We visited them when we could, which was usually in the middle of the night, as covertly as possible," he added. "Because the insurgents in Iraq like to find people that we're trying to help sometimes and either terrorize them or sometimes worse."

Yet Michael Moore and his ilk consider the "insurgents" to be Iraq's Minutemen. One wonders how Moore and Kerry and all the other leftists can sleep at night knowing that they are slandering the well-meaning soldiers of their own country, encouraging and helping terrorists, and promoting the abandonment of millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children to barbarism, misery and death; all in the cause of advancing their own freedom-killing Socialist agendas.

Mentally, they're no better than Stalin and Mao and all the other leftwing murderers and dictators of the past century. They share the same mentality, but they lack the opportunity, for which the rest of us can be supremely thankful.

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