Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Wrong again, NY Times...

An editorial in the NY Times today shows again that they will take any anti-US personnel stance possible. This is a follow up to the wounding of Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena when her rescuers sped towards an Army manned checkpoint, and failed to heed warning fire and signals.

The news of the Italian journalist whose car was sprayed by American gunfire on the way to the Baghdad airport stunned the world. But perhaps the worst thing about the wounding of the reporter, Giuliana Sgrena, and the killing of the Italian intelligence agent who was shielding her is that the attack wasn't unique.
Attack? What attack?

A car approaches a military checkpoint on a dangerous stretch of road, refuses to slow down and continues in the face of warning shots - this is not an 'attack' at all, and it is deliberately misleading for the Times Editorial to present it otherwise.

The procedures for manning checkpoints are no mystery, and placing the blame on the soldiers is a cheap shot. Any changes to these procedures would place our troops in greater danger - and that is completely unacceptable.

Cox and Forkum has a great image to further illustrate just how important it is to hold our line on this issue.

** UPDATE **

Reader CW4BillT provided a great example for enhancing your understanding. Rather than leave it hidden in the comments, I am adding it here for easy reading and comprehension...

Hypothetical situation for you:

1. You and your child are being approached in an alley by a running pit bull.

2. There have been confirmed sightings of a rabid pit bull in the area, but there are other pit bulls in your neighborhood, too.

3. All the neighborhood pit bulls have been trained to "sit" on command, no matter who commands them.

4. You command the approaching pit bull to "sit" and it keeps running toward you.

5. You holler "sit" louder this time and it keeps running toward you.

6. You have a loaded double-barrelled 12-gauge...

... There - does that help?

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