Sunday, January 23, 2005

Who's more desperate: Iraqi rebels, or the MainStreamMedia?

I read in the Sunday paper this piece of political propaganda masquerading as "analysis" by Knight Ridder News. It is apparent to me that the MSM are getting so desperate to create a negative public impression of Iraq they are willing to say or do anything, no matter how silly or implausible.

I don't have the time to fisk the article in full, so let's apply the logic behind this "analysis" to the last year of World War II. During 1945, the US suffered more casualties in the Pacific than all the previous years combined. More Marines died in the invasion of Iwo Jima than at any other battle in their long and storied history. Okinawa was the bloodiest battle the US fought during the war; the fierceness of the Japanese resistance, combined with the unrelenting Kamakaze attacks were what helped persuade President Truman to drop the bomb instead of invade Japan.

Yet would anyone back then have said that the increasing violence of the Japanese in 1945 showed that the US was "losing ground"? Would anyone have suggested that the Japanese were becoming "more effective" because their Kamakaze attacks were so devastating? Would anyone in their right mind have even thought that the increasing numbers of US casualties meant that we were destined to fail?

Well, yes, Tokyo Rose would have, but she was a propagandist.

Kinda like Knight Ridder.

2 Comments:

At 11:00 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

I wonder what the MSM would have said at the amount of casualties that the Germans inflicted on the Russians and Americans during the final six months of the war in Europe. During this time, the US fought the Battle of the Bulge and suffered many more casualties that they did at Normandy. It is not known how many Russians were lost in the Battle of Berlin but we know that it wasn't a cakewalk.

As a side note. When you look at what the estimates of the casualties were for the invasion of Japan (1.7-4 million US, 5-10 million Japanese), you can see that dropping the A-bomb was the best course of action.

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

How did this country turn into sissies? Did we really let the left take over our educational system? Did we sit by and say nothing while they threw our ROTC Programs off the college campuses? When did we say the federal government could get involved with local issues such as schools? I say, "Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!"

 

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