I've taken an information gathering position on the Fallujah Marine shooting as reported by NBC journalist, Kevin Sites. Granted, it's easy to see who falls where on the political end of the analysis. And more aptly, it's disturbing to see the reactionary opinions based on mere conjecture and agenda driven supposition. Most of OpEd pieces I've read missed the deeper issue at hand.
There were the "fog of war" proponents, the "baby killer" ingrates, the "consider the climate" backers, the "look what happened yesterday" pundits etc. What all of these pieces failed to address were the pitfalls of "International Law" and how the exploitation of that concept dipped in a steep helping of anti-Americanism works to create a political theme to what should only be an incident investigated for proper or improper restraint by the appropriate parties. This is not an issue to be evaluated between the sports page and the movie listings of daily circulations hawks. The war on terror (and the war against the war on terror) ends up being fought as propoganda positions by noodle heads with a whole shed full of axes to grind. We all deserve better than that. The Marine in question deserves multitudes more than that.
From Down Under comes an OpEd from one of my new favorites, Janet Albrechtsen. As it turns out, I don't have to comment on this event. Dr. Albrechtsen hits it out of the park and across the parking lot. Being a pig headed product of free thought I rarely find (or will admit to) someone who reflects my opinion exactly. Damn if this fine writer didn't shoot down that theory...I only posted the portion that I found most poignant...But don't miss the rest. It's worth it.
Janet Albrechtsen writes a weekly column for The Australian. After receiving her law degree from the University of Adelaide, she moved to Sydney and worked as a commercial lawyer. She has a doctorate in law from the University of Sydney Law School and has taught as an academic. She is roundly disliked by judicial activists, the human rights industry, old-style feminists and assorted rent-seekers. None of that troubles her.
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