May 16, 2005
Derrick Jackson's lost his mind . . . and his heart
Derrick Jackson, columnist for the Boston Globe, has finally suggested in print that he's lost his heart and his mind. His headline, not mine. That's the logical conclusion from this hateful diatribe against U.S. troops who he denigrates as "pawns of President Bush". The Marine Dad who sent this to me noted:
"What follows is Mr. Jackson's op-ed. If you find it sickening, offensive, demeaning, and insulting to our troops, rest assured you are not alone."
Here's a snippet:
If all that soldiers can now accomplish is curse at baffled Iraqi families and berate people in the streets for exercising what we consider the right of free speech to tear up a newspaper, then there is no mission.
Morass my ass. Jackson is basing his blatantly biased editorial on a equally partisan NPR news story. His writing is chock full of false arguments and fallacies. This slash piece doesn't begin to approach what good editorials accomplish - enrich discussion through a critical examination of current issues. Instead, Jackson's overtly political agenda is patently obvious and an embarrasment to the Boston Globe.
Marine Dad concluded:
"And here we thought our young men and women risking life and limb over there were heroes. Silly us. If anyone feels inclined to differ with Mr. Jackson's labeling of our loved ones as nothing more than lowly gang members, his email address is: email@example.com"
Posted by Deb at May 16, 2005 01:00 AM
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Tracked on May 17, 2005 06:56 AM
The story within the story here is that during a time of war everyone is considered an enemy and when you are trained to think that way civilians suffer along with the actual enemy, whom or whatever they may be. I am sure this happens everyday because when you are trained to kill in the name of war it is open season to treat people like casualties or sub human. This has happened to us during Civil War, I.E taking over others homes,etc.
I don't think this is anything that people don't already know and It really doesn't matter what the source is NPR, Boston Globe etc. I am sure it has happened and will continue to happen but at least written word gives people a reason to think.
Posted by: Bill Shea at May 16, 2005 01:38 PM
We hear a lot about how grateful the Muslims are for the American presence in the Middle East. For example, the Muslims eagerly expressed their gratitude to our First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush during her visit. Has there ever been a time before this in World History that masses of people rose up en mass to express their vitriolic hatred of Americans?
Keep up the good work Marine Corps! At this rate every five year old that you see today will in fifteen years time be marching off to stave off the bitter consequences of this lousy war...
Posted by: Mattson at May 22, 2005 07:21 PM
I just read this article you mention and I think he's entitled to make those points. I saw the British Army do the same thing to us when we were growing up in Belfast in the 1970s. We had our houses ransacked and our parents cursed and abused by soldiers who were supposed to be the "good guys". I didn't support the IRA but a lot of our neighbourhood [and a lot of Americans] did because of these kind of treatment. Don't blame the media. If you don't learn this lesson, your army will be like the British Army - shot at and and bombed for thirty years in Ulster.
Posted by: Mike at May 23, 2005 07:02 AM