Jewish World Review April 7, 2003/ 5 Nisan, 5763

Marianne M. Jennings

Marianne M. Jennings
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http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | It was clear a fair fight was not in the cards when Iraqi soldiers crossed the Kuwait border and surrendered to Brits who were just testing their weapons. While all jolly well good, the British paratroopers explained, war starting is a prerequisite to taking POWs, or the new and improved, EPWs. The disappointed bumpkins returned to Iraq.

Hearing Hussein's blustering about that infidel "little Bush" and seeing no Iraqi air force, the thinking among us predicted coalition conquest even if U.S. forces stopped for afternoon tea and crumpets with the Brits during an Iraq march amidst sorties galore. Media moans about U.S. ineptitude were not thwarted by the obvious. NPR and al-Jazeera declared U.S. defeat on March 19 because Centcom could not confirm Hussein's death. One NPR commentator called it an "embarrassing failure." Peter Jennings pulled out Vietnam quagmire analogies 36 hours into the war. ABC's lead reporter left the region in a snit because Gen. Tommy Franks wasn't doing the briefings.

Imagine the American Revolution with today's media. "Nathan Paine, Green Mountain Crier. Gen. Washington, your war plan did not include ice in the Delaware. Doesn't a crossing depart from plan? And, again, how long will this war take?"

Media and liberals' tantrums vis--vis this war is last gasps from perpetually adolescent yuppies who have held our country in a forty-year chokehold with their peacenik attitudes and political correctness. Since their bra burnings and sixties' protests, these narcissistic nihilists have banished faith and patriotism from sea to shining sea even as they embraced every despot from Castro to Hussein. The passing of intellectual cowardice and amoral arrogance are welcome casualties of this war. An anti-intellectual in the White House possessed of deep faith and a sense of right and wrong, has, through the simple act of freeing a people, banished the liberal left to irrelevance.

Realizing their very existence was on the line, liberal desperados and their media cohorts pulled out all stops with transparent disdain. Their peace and diplomacy consisted of wishing ill upon their countrymen. Prof. Nicholas DeGenova, speaking at an antiwar teach-in at Columbia, called for "a million Mogadishus," and added, "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military." A San Francisco protester's sign read, "We support our troops when they shoot their officers."

Leftists imploded as the Iraqis were vanquished. The brutality of Hussein unfolded to the world, thanks to a brilliant military strategy of embedded reporters welcomed along for the ride. Chemical suits and Hussein antics were chilling truths.

With no hope for spin on such horror, the liberal strategy changed to making stuff up. USA Today, the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Time, and CNN had the U.S. losing the war. Only Fox News and the Washington Times reported on the real fighters in Iraq: women in cars with children and bombs. When the coalition conquered Baghdad, the New York Times challenged, "But, how do we define victory?"

Their desperation was comedic. Peter Arnett told the Iraqis, on camera in Baghdad, that the U.S. war plan was fundamentally flawed. Coalition bombs dropped in the defenseless city as he spoke.

The Los Angeles Times admitted that its front-page photo on March 31 was a fraud. Brian Walski, its photographer, used digital technology to blend 2 photos into one to make it appear as if a British soldier was threatening an Iraqi citizen.

Democrats capsized in a sea of public approval for the war. The Times had a facile response for 75% approval polls, "There's no use polling for 'American opinion.' In this war, it doesn't exist." This from the people who ran Monica polls every day.

Filmmaker Michael Moore pontificated at the Oscars about Mr. Bush's "fictional election." The teamsters' booing and Bill Conti's orchestra shut him down. Music and blue-collar workers taking down a Hollywood lug head offered priceless symbolism.

Natalie Maines, one-third of the Dixie Chicks, said she was "ashamed" of our president. Their CD sales fell nearly 60% in one week, airplay stopped, and tractors gathered to smash the DC's CDs outside radio stations. The left cried, "Censorship!" This newfound First Amendment zeal could help Dr. Laura, Michael Savage, Clarence Thomas, and a cadre of conservatives who have been banished by these same leftists.

The last gasp is never pretty. Liberals and the media outdid their own legendary inconsistencies. Peace protesters were violent, but only about warmonger Bush, not Hussein. PETA protested the use of dolphins to find mines that kill humans. High school dropout Cher called the president stupid. Pristine media leftists abandoned journalistic ethics and resorted to Iraqi-type propaganda. Two desperate groups were deposed. Hussein's regime ended. Liberalism died a painful death and the mainstream media require long-term credibility rehabilitation.

Prognosis for recovery: questionable.

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JWR contributor Marianne M. Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University. Send your comments by clicking here.

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