My favorite Democrat, Zell Miller, has a great oped piece in the Washington Times today, "Iwo Jima, if covered by media today." It casts the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II as if it were being reported on by today's media. It's not often I read an oped and flat bust out laughing. Okay, I admit I'm strange, and have a sense of humor that sometimes doesn't translate, but, for what it's worth, this is great (emphasis mine):
Cutie: "Pfc. Doe, what's that mountain in the background? Is that the one they say is impregnable?"
Pfc. Doe: "I don't know what that word means, ma'am, but that's Mt. Suribachi, and we're going to put a flag right up on top of it just as soon as we can. I gotta go."
As usual, the reporter doesn't see that potential, or potency, in the situation, she sees obstacles and the barrenness of the immediate scenery:
Cutie to camera: "No one has yet really confirmed why this particular battle in this particular place is even being waged. Already, on the first day, at least 500 Marines have been killed and a thousand wounded. For this? (Camera pans to a map with a speck of an island in the Pacific. Then a close up of nothing but black volcanic ash). For this? For this?" (Cutie's sweet voice becomes more strident as it fades out.)
Do they not believe in the cause? Or is the cause just old news? Sad to say, I put them mostly into the former category. They really disbelieve that America is a force for good.
Zell ends with a historical note, probably necessary to most readers under the age of 30 due the the marvelous efficacy of our public education system:
Historical note: In one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, when it was said "uncommon courage was a common virtue," 6,000 Marines were killed and 18,000 wounded. Some 21,000 Japanese were killed. The island itself is still barren and only a handful of people live on it. But after it was secured by the Marines, B-29s made over 2,200 emergency landings on it, saving the lives of more than 24,000 crewmen. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for the flag-raising photo. Of the six men in the photo, three were buried in that black volcanic ash, one came out on a stretcher. Only two walked off the island.
Do read it.Posted by dan at October 14, 2004 05:18 PM