Monday, November 23, 2009

We sort of knew this

Reports that U.S. soldiers damaged Iraqi antiquities turn out to have been media hype. "Media hype" is nice-speak for lies. Excerpt:

In recently reviewing the Unesco report, which came out after his book, Chaplain Marrero said to me that the cracks in the ancient bas-reliefs were already there when the U.S. came in. He doesn't believe that the helicopter base could have caused any damage because it was "up to two football fields away." The choppers rose vertically upon lift-off and the ancient remains are located in an excavation considerably below ground level.

The accusations about cracks in the paving stones caused by allied tanks rumbling over the Royal Way don't make sense, he says, because it was already encircled by iron railings with no access to vehicles. A narrow pedestrian path outside the railings barely allowed enough room for light Humvees to drive around to keep the area secure.

Finally, he notes that the Unesco report's details of defensive trenches dug by subsequent occupation forces, such as the Polish troops and defense contractors, occurred in areas beyond what was always considered the site proper, even in Saddam's time. It was in those areas, he says, that sandbags were filled with local earth and the ground leveled.

Why do the media always go out of their way to smear the military?


  1. Because for some reason having a strong military makes them feel uncomfortable. They're all about "getting along" and playing nice, not having people respect us for our strength. Now that we are losing the world's respect we'll see which approach works best in the real world, I imagine.

  2. What Barb said. The media is mostly made up of leftists and most leftists are hostile towards the military. In fact the whole idea of self-defense is offensive to them. This is why they also hate the idea of people having personal firearms for protection.