Yesterday, as the U.S. military death toll in Iraq neared another abstract milestone, the chief spokesman for the American-led multinational force advised that Western Journalists not treat it as such (HT: Michelle Malkin)
"I ask that when you report on the events, take a moment to think about the effects on the families and those serving in Iraq," Boylan said in an e-mail. "The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."But, the casualty vampires of the Old Busted Media, just could not resist the urge to make it so, begging the question... why is it important?
The Oregonian "US Losses In Iraq reach 2000." Curiously you wont find this story listed at the website as of 8:30am pst.
The Associated Press
Michelle reports that even the token Grief Whore is planning a celebration.
Little Green Footballs is maintaining a 'Grim Milestone' watch to report on the Left's day of celebration. And I am certain the drumming, marching Anti's will be on the streets of downtown Portland this evening, pilfering the names of men and women far better than they, and spitting them with venom through a bullhorn.
Why is 2000 more or less significant than 1000, 1999, 2001, or 10,000?... if the MSM are simpy objective observers/reporters?
Of course, the answer to that proverbial folly is obvious. To the Left - and their propaganda wing - it IS a very significant milestone. It is a tribute to their efforts and justification (in their minds) of their sensibilities. It is an apparent vindication on the one hand for their protestations against an ignoble effort, as measured by its toll while being a true celebartion on another. It's an exclamation point for the mantra, "Bush lied people died!" It is proof to them of the Iraq conflict as a vietnamesque quagmire, based on some unequivocated qualitifications from the same people who were wrong then. And on some more insidious level, many on the Left are no doubt pleased to see American servicemen killed at the hands of an heroic insurgency...as they see it.
But, do let's be clear. To that insurgency, the Left's periodic casualty milestones are a quota achieved on behalf of their objective - political victory. And while relative to America's real objective of triumph over a malevolent malignacy, 2000 is as meaningless in that regard as 1000, the next big quota is the number of dead in the 9/11 attacks. Because as the number of KIA in the Iraq Theater exceeds ~3000 dead the Left will qualify the Iraq War as a greater atrocity than those brutal terrorist attacks that finally woke a dragon.
To the vampires of casualty, the milestone is a cause for celebration.
To the butchers of Al Qua'ida in Iraq, it is a bounty placed on the heads of American troops. Keep that in mind as you watch the Left celebrate. (HT: Michelle)
(edited and updated 10.26.0513:19)