Four days ago, Michael Yon covered an al Qaeda massacre in a small village in Iraq:
Soldiers from 5th IA [Iraqi Army] said al Qaeda had cut the heads off the children. Had al Qaeda murdered the children in front of their parents? Maybe it had been the other way around: maybe they had murdered the parents in front of the children. Maybe they had forced the father to dig the graves of his children.
Yon’s latest dispatch addresses the fact that the MSM has studiously avoided reporting the tragedy:
But for those publications who actually had people embedded in Baqubah when the story first broke and still failed to cover it, their malaise is inexplicable. I do not know why all failed to report the murders and booby-trapped village: apparently no reporters bothered to go out there, even though it’s only about 3.5 miles from this base. Any one of the reporters currently in Baqubah could still go to these coordinates and follow his or her nose and find the gravesites. . . .
If much of mainstream media does not recognize barbarity, clearly their readers can and do. Readers throughout the world might consider contacting their local papers and favorite websites with the link to this update. The story is very important in that it is well-documented with photos and video, and the Iraqi and American soldiers who were present are named and easily reachable. Those mainstream reporters currently in Baqubah could readily take up the baton.
The UK Daily Mail prints an article written by a Muslim that was at one time an actual member of the network that planned and attempted to execute the recent bombings in London and Glasgow:
When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network – a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology – I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.
By blaming the Government for our actions, those who pushed this “Blair’s bombs” line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.
As we celebrate our freedom in this country, it is important to remember that there is evil in this world whose objective is to destroy us, that we have young men and women fighting that evil as they help rebuild a nation that is experiencing that evil every day.
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Memorial Day grew out of the horror of the great Civil War which ripped this nation asunder. It is a day that has been set aside that we may remember our fallen heroes, those that have died while defending our noble experiment, the greatest nation in the history of Man.
This is the sixth Memorial Day in a row in which we find our nation confronting a great evil. While liberals moan about keeping Islamofascists locked up on a Caribbean island, our soldiers are kicking down doors in Iraq to find torture chambers.
A month ago five people were rescued from just such a torture house, one of them a mere boy and all of them beaten daily with chains and cables. This is the evil that the enemy brought to our shores.
The media is virtually ignoring the story of the al-Qaeda torture manual and victims rescued. It does not fit their agenda the way that months of Abu Ghraib coverage furthered their cause.
Similarly, the media is under-reporting the freeing of 42 Iraqis, one as young as 14, from an al-Qaeda prison. Some had been held as long as four months, suspended from ceilings, beaten and tortured. Some had broken bones.
Our troops are doing good things in Iraq.
On this Memorial Day we should remember all our soldiers, active and retired, alive and deceased. We should be grateful to those who have given their all and support those currently facing the horrors of war.
I encourage you to fly an American flag in memory of soldiers no longer with us, and open your hearts and wallets to support today’s soldiers and their families. Some suggestions:
Disabled American Vets
Operation Gratitude (Read a news story about Operation Gratitude)
Adopt a Platoon
Treats for Troops
Operation Top Knot
Operation Hero Miles
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
On 21 March 2007, the Queen of England awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross to two unusual recipients.
Pictured is Private Michelle Norris of C Company, 1 Bn the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. She is the first female to ever receive the be awarded the Military Cross.
Last year she braved sniper fire to administer life saving first aid to her vehicle commander.
This is Major William D. Chesarek Jr. of the United States Marine Corps. He is the first US soldier to receive the United Kingdom’s Distinguished Flying Cross since the Second World War.
Although he trained to fly a Super Cobra helicopter for the US Marines, Major Chesarek is serving as an exchange officer assigned to Royal Air Force’s 847th Naval Air Squadron, Commando Helicopter Force. These days he is flying the RAF’s Lynx Mk7 helicopter.
During the action that had Private Norris’ unit under attack, Major Chesarek flew his helicopter low over the “insurgents” to disperse the crowd. Instead, he drew fire. But when he heard that someone on the ground had been hurt and that a casualty evacuation was necessary, he took action:
Chesarek made the unconventional move – what’s considered an “implied mission” in military parlance — to conduct a medical evacuation with the Lynx to help a British soldier with a life-threatening head injury. As the only aircraft available to assist, he landed the Lynx near the company in distress as his door gunner and another crew member jumped out.
“My door gunner jumped out and picked up the injured soldier and put him in the helicopter,” Chesarek said. “My other crew member had to stay, or we would have been overweight to fly.”
Heroes. God bless ’em!
Glenn Reynolds has a few links that should put a stake in the heart of the revisionist claims that returning Vietnam vets were never spat on.
Hat Tip to non-blogging Advised by Wolves.
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The NYTimes printed pictures and posted video of a US soldier dying in Iraq, even before the family was notified. The reporters involved have lost embed status because they violated their contract with the military.
Gateway Pundit is following the entire story.
The blogosphere is in full uproar over the response to a simple request (it’s already made it to Snopes). An American GI in Iraq wanted some floor mats to make sleeping on the cold, bug-infested ground a little easier, so he emailed a Wisconsin mattress company asking if they would ship to his location:
“Do you ship to APO (military) addresses? I’m in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for ships to APO first.”
On the same day, Hess received this reply:
We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.
The registered owner of the website, American Muslim of Pakistani descent Faisal Khetani, claims that the person responsible for the email reply had been fired. The Web site, meanwhile, has been temporarily taken down:
The “web-based” company can put up a static page but doesn’t put either phone or email on the page? The public’s reaction must have been swift, decisive and quite negative.
Stop the ACLU: How can anyone say something like this to a soldier in a war zone? Oh, right it was a Muslim, or someone of middle eastern heritage, where do the American Muslims/middle easterners actually stand on the war on terror?
But Blackfive found that co-owner Khetani and other employees of the company have been getting threatening emails and phone calls to the point where they fear for their and their family’s safety.
I wouldn’t even send an email or you might get labeled as anti-free speech. And please don’t send unprofessional emails to these folks. Believe me, I get plenty of those and I don’t read them (except for laughs every once in awhile).
Ironic isn’t it?
Some clerk in Wisconsin gets defended on the basis of free speech but you can’t respond?
The always insightful Victor Davis Hanson writes about our military successes, throws in a little history, and calls on a military leader to step forward with a plan. Read it all, but I couldn’t resist extracting this:
What then is the problem since we are still fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq after brilliant victories over the Taliban and Saddam Hussein?
Most obvious is the inability of our conventional forces to translate amazing tactical success in Afghanistan and Iraq into rapid strategic victory, a transition of establishing a stable postbellum government that requires everything from winning hearts and minds to inspired counter-insurgency. These questions about the transition from conventional to asymmetrical warfare always have nagged—why did the armies of Sherman and Grant who crushed nearly half-a-million Confederate soldiers in a little over a year from summer 1864 to spring 1865, not secure Reconstruction in 12 miserable years of failure, in the face of a few thousands Klansmen, and assorted night riders?
Hat Tip to InstaPundit.
Pictured is the F-35 Lightning II, a truly remarkable aircraft currently under construction, funded primarily by the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and the Netherlands.
It’s a strike fighter, capable of attacking ground targets and engaging in air-to-air combat.
Further, it will be produced in three different configurations: a conventional aircraft for the Air Force, a carrier variant for the Navy and a Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version for the Marines and Royal Navy (watch a vertical takeoff). The fact that all three configurations will have 70 and 90 percent commonality keeps costs down.
A pre-production model flew in 2000 but the military won’t be taking delivery until the turn of the decade.
Possibly the most advanced feature of the aircraft is that a single processor fuses information from all the aircraft’s sensors into a “single, coordinated view of the battlefield.”
That capability is being leveraged by Lockheed-Martin, the primary designer on the project, to create a pilotless version of the aircraft. Lockheed-Martin devotes a third of R&D funding to developing unmanned vehicles, and has earmarked some of the funding to the F-35:
Creating the F-35U is made easier by the fact that all the controls are already electronic, and contain a lot of automatic (robotic) flight control software. Engineers probably noted how close, in design and purpose, the innards of an F-35 were to the various combat UAV designs going around. A robotic F-35 is envisioned as an unmanned bomb carrier, although there is nothing to prevent the F-35U from being able to fight other aircraft. . . .
Both the F-35U and F-22U would have a major advantage over manned fighters, in that a robotic aircraft could perform rapid maneuvers that the human body could not tolerate.
Cool! Unmanned fighter planes. When do I get my flying car?
Pictured is a throw-n-go UAV, from VeraTech Aero, called the Phantom Sentinel.
The rotorcraft sends back video footage of whatever you send it over. And because the center of rotation is outside of the fuselage, it becomes virtually invisible to the naked eye once it gets up to speed.
It folds up and weighs only four pounds so it is easily transported, and comes in sizes from two to ten feet across.
HT to Engadget, who notes:
We’re assuming that those crazy goggles the other G.I. is wearing in this photo are able to translate that dizzying number of spinning images to something that a human brain can make sense of.
Update: New Scientist Tech has a covers this with Invention: Invisible drones
Speaking of cool gadgets, how about a high-tech throwback to dirigibles?
Lockheed Martin just picked up a $10 million contract to further develop the next-generation hull material for DARPA’s Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) program. DARPA intends to integrate sophisticated sensors directly into the structure of stratospheric airships, designed to operate 70,000 feet over the field of battle.
The planned capabilities of the ISIS project are straight out of a sci fi film – ISIS will provide a dynamic, detailed, real-time picture of all movement on or above the battlefield: friendly, neutral or enemy – a big picture map showing everything moving for hundreds of kilometers.
Let’s put lasers on about ten of them and put them along the border. Try to jump across the river and we’ll fry your ass. We’ll see how many terrorists and criminals walk in to our country then.