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Former USCHO writer, former writer at a Midwestern broadsheet, occassional CHN blogger.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Are we there yet?

It's a scene that plays itself out in the family car every single day, somewhere in North America. The parent, who has geared themselves up for a long journey, is driving to a specific destination. He does this out of necessity, or perhaps just the love of his family.

Meanwhile, in the back seat, the family's young child is growing impatient. The child is bored, and wants to do something different than just sit in the back and wait until the family arrives at their destination. "Are we there yet?" whines the child. "No," the parent replies firmly. "We won't be there for a little while."

Time passes. The child is still bored. Sure enough, not five minutes later, the child again cries, "are we there yet?"

Sound familiar? It ought to. It's the same question the 24-hour news cycle has been asking over and over and over again with regards to Iraq. The so-called "Main Stream Media" has been that petulant child in the back seat, whining and whining and whining because they want the trip to be over. They're tired of it.

The parent, in this situation, is none other than the man who reluctantly committed the nation's resources to fighting the battle in Iraq: President George W. Bush. And just like the parent, he has rightly continued to inform the child that there is still a distance to be traveled to reach the destination, never becoming visibly upset at the constant nagging, but surely brimming with frustration. He refuses to pull the car to the side of the road - after all, any stopping would make it all the more longer until reaching that destination.

This week, the American media was able to count to 2,000, that is, the number of American deaths in Iraq since the beginning of the war. They breathlessly told the story of SSG George Alexander, a volunteer warrior who gave his life in the service of his country. Unfortunately, his name and date of death were largely all the media were willing to talk about. SSG Alexander, like the others before him, was simply a number to these macabre body counters. One more American soldier dead. One more reason to shout "Are we there yet?"

They ask the same droll questions. "What is the exit strategy? Why are we there?" They bay and moan, and the "peaceniks" demand a pullout. They would rather that those 2,000 soldiers died for no discernable progress. They admit that a premature withdrawal would plunge Iraq into chaos, but would rather dismiss it and then blame such inevitable chaos on President Bush.

A peaceful and democratic Iraq is the goal. That is why we are there. It is worth fighting for - the corruption and evil that was represented in the regime of Saddam Hussein was part of everything that is wrong in the Middle East. It is part of the cesspool from which international Islamist terrorism breeds. It's time we started draining those cesspools, and drain them we are.

Ask a "peacenik" what they would do to solve the terrorism issue. Usually, they don't have an answer, "but it isn't this." Ask what direction we should go in Iraq, and if they don't say "immediate pullout," they'll just complain that "we shouldn't have been there in the first place." There's no "this is where we are, and this is what we should do to achieve the best solution for our country."

One has to ask - what's happened to this country? The answer is simple - the 24-hour news cycle. It lets you know what is happening as soon as it happened. If the satellites had been live on the air at Normandy, would the American public still have a stomach for war? We lost more men during the D-Day operation than we have in Iraq and Afghanistan combined in four years. That's a testament to our troops, and the new ways we have found to fight our wars. We still have not found a way to fight a bloodless war, and it is highly doubtful that we ever will. Brave young men and women, some of the best young people our country has to offer, will fight and give their lives trying to achieve peace for others and ourselves.

We honor each fallen soldier. We honor their sacrifice and their families. But we honor them best by finishing the job they started. We make sure their sacrifice was not meaningless.

This trip, this mission, will end eventually. It won't be soon enough for a media which is tired of reporting from Iraq 24 hours a day. Perhaps then, when the objective is reached and a proud nation can welcome home its troops as a proud international community welcomes a newly free Iraq, the media will be placated, and will realize, just as the child inevitably does - it was worth the trip.


Blogger Brad or Adam said...

Great analogy, Tom! I love it.
These kids also seem intent on sabotaging the efforts by the parents to make it a successful trip. And, while demanding to make unplanned excursions to places not on the itinerary (and then complaining about the growing cost of the trip), they keep griping about having to go on any trip at all.

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