Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Try not to be "too positive" about Iraq

About 18 months ago, at Thanksgiving, I wrote a post about the American soldiers and Marines who had been officially recognized for outstanding service in a theater where phenomenal service happens all the time.

Well, courage is not solely an American export. Recently, a British soldier, Private Johnson Beharry, 25, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his service. It is the first VC awarded since the Falkland Islands war. He was cited for rescuing his fellow soldiers, at great personal risk on two separate occasions.

Normally, I would take pleasure detailing Pvt Beharry's courage. I won't this time, but you can read about it here.

The reason I won't is because as amazing as his story of courage is, what is more amazing is vile craven contempt in which his courage is held by some of his prominent countrymen.

You see, the BBC commissioned a 90-minute drama about Pvt. Beharry. But, now, the BBC is canceling the program because it was "too positive" about the war against the Islamofascists in Iraq. Consequently, the network "feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq."

According to "a source close to the project":
"[The BBC] began to have second thoughts last year as the war in Iraq deteriorated. It felt it couldn't show anything with a degree of positivity about the conflict.

"It needed to tell stories about Iraq which reflected the fact that some members of the audience didn't approve of what was going on. Obviously a story about Johnson Beharry could never do that. You couldn't have a scene where he suddenly turned around and denounced the war because he just wouldn't do that.

Yesterday, tipped off by RhusLancia, I posted on an article by Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette
about the disingenuous rooting for the failure of Iraq by the anti-liberation Left.

All this brings to mind a two-year old Slate.com column by Christopher Hitchens entitled "Losing the Iraq War: Can the left really want us to?" Unfortunately, the answer was not in doubt even at the time.

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