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Jewish World Review
June 14, 2006
/ 18 Sivan, 5766
American troops in shackles
Did you know there are seven young Marines and a Navy Corpsman sitting in a
military brig right now in leg and wrist shackles despite the fact that
they've not been charged with any crime?
The men are in solitary confinement, locked in 8'x8' cells at San Diego's
Camp Pendleton, as investigators probe an April 26 incident involving the
3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. They are behind bars 23
hours a day; family members can only see them through inch-thick Plexiglass.
Military blabbermouths have told the press that the service members are
suspected of kidnapping and shooting a man in the Iraqi town of Hamandiya.
The Iraqi man's family reportedly came forward seeking payment for his death
as media hysteria set in over the separate alleged atrocity in Haditha.
These men our men may be innocent. They may be guilty. Charges may or may
not be filed this week. But this much is certain: The media leaks and the
Murtha-fication of the case are already taking a heavy toll on the troops
and their families. The headlines have already convicted them: "Iraqi's
slaying planned by Marines, official
says" and "Marines Planned to Kill Iraqi Civilian, Then Planted
The national media ignored a protest by supporters outside Camp
Pendletonover the weekend. "I want the Marines to know that they are
that people are out here thinking of them," said one attendee. The father of
one of the men in custody, Pfc. John J. Jodka, worried: "It appears to me
that this is the reaction of some senior people to show 'We're in charge,
we're cleaning up our act."
Not a peep heard yet from the American Civil Liberties Union. The website of
the self-anointed crusaders for individual rights contains hundreds of
articles on the rights of al Qaeda suspects and an indignant press release
on the suicides of Guantanamo Bay detainees. But no mention of the Camp
Pendleton 8. For their part, human rights groups were too busy shedding
tears for the Gitmo terrorist suicide squad and lionizing them as "heroes"
in the words of William Goodman of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Editorial cartoonists have been preoccupied desecrating the Marine Corps
logo and tarring troops as baby-killers.
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A clarion voice stepped into the fray this week to push back against the
global rush to judgment against our troops. Ilario Pantano, a Desert Storm
vet-turned Wall Street banker and new media entrepreneur-turned reenlisted
Marine from Hell's Kitchen, launched his gripping book "Warlord: No Better
Friend, No Worse Enemy" this week, which recounts his harrowing ordeal as a
Marine smeared and cleared. Last spring, he faced the death penalty for
defending himself and his men in the heat of battle and killing two Iraqi
insurgents. He was accused then, as Marines are being accused now, of
wantonly executing Iraqis to send a message. His family and friends' defense
of Pantano was met, as those of Marines are being met now, with incredulity
There were no pleas to withhold judgment against Pantano from the New York
Times then. No Oprah sitdowns now with the wives and children of accused
As an agitated, condescending Ann Curry of NBC's Today Show tried to paint
Pantano Monday as a callous thug, he replied with quiet dignity: "I don't
think it's helpful to national security to have this kind of
self-flagellation before the facts are actually disclosed."
Innocent until proven guilty? Justice for all? Benefit of the doubt? These
are apparently foreign concepts when it comes to Americans in uniform being
held on American soil. Perhaps if they proclaimed themselves "conscientious
objectors" and converted to Islam they might start getting some sympathy.
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In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild
adj : affected with madness or insanity; [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced]
The American Heritage Dictionary
*** Warning: Unhinged liberals are hazardous to the nation's health.
They're slashing your tires. Burning your lawns. Heaving pies at Republican pundits. Hurling racist epithets at minority conservatives. Nursing nutty conspiracy theories. And pining publicly for the murder of President Bush.
And they call us crazy?
In In Unhinged: Liberals Gone Wild, Michelle Malkin plays conservative Margaret Mead to the alien political creatures of the American Left. With uproarious detail and rollicking reportage, Malkin chronicles the bizarre world of leftists gone mad in their natural habitats: the mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and Washington.
Unhinged unmasks liberals who've completely abandoned rationality and reality. They're taking chainsaws and bayonets to campaign signs. Running down political opponents with their cars. Setting fire to political opponents in effigy. Defacing war memorials. Swiping yellow ribbons off cars. And supporting the fragging of American troops.
In Unhinged, you'll meet:
- The Top 10 Unhinged Leftists, Celebrities, Media Liberals, and Politicians. - The Pennsylvania Democrat who repeatedly screamed "faggot" at his Republican opponents on the Senate floor. - The Florida Democrat who tried to run down former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. - The Democrat congressman who claimed the capture of Saddam Hussein was staged by GOP operatives to help the Bush re-election campaign. - The veteran newsman who claimed that Bush advisor Karl Rove and Osama bin Laden are working hand-in-hand to help the Republican Party. - And hundreds more unhinged liberals gone wild!
With wit, wisdom, and a bullet-proof vest, Michelle Malkin ruthlessly and raucously skewers the myths of liberal tolerance, peace, and civility. Unhinged shows how conservatives are driving their opponents mad. The good news for liberals? Self-help starts here.
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