2,000: A Bogus Number, A Bitter Cause

The anti-war Left couldn`t wait for
the death of the 2,000th soldier in Iraq. Peace
activists have been gearing up for protests, vigils, and
other events this week to mark the completely bogus
milestone. Why 2,000? Was the 2nd or 555th or 1,678th
death not as worth mourning as any other death with nice
round numbers?

Cindy Sheehan barely contained her
macabre lust for the spotlight in preparation for the
artificially constructed,

occasion. "I`m going to go to
Washington, D.C., and I`m going to give a speech at the
White House, and after I do, I`m going to

tie myself to the fence
and refuse to leave until
they agree to bring our troops home,"

told a reporter
last week as the death count neared
her lottery number pick.

"And I`ll probably get arrested,
and when I get out, I`ll go back and do the same thing,"

she vowed.

This time, Sheehan`s

public relations team
would be wise to make sure she
tries not to look like she`s having so much fun. The

carnival-like atmosphere
that surrounded her arrest
at the White House last month did little to convince
military families that Sheehan and her pink

Bush-bashing brigade
have the troops`

best interest at heart

Those "911 was an inside job"

"Castrate Cheney"
signs didn`t help much either.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan,
director of the force`s combined press center, is
pushing back against the inevitable media tide. He
deserves our support. In an e-mail to the press that
should be disseminated far and wide, he properly
challenged the anti-war movement`s number as a phony
excuse to protest.

"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,"
wrote on Tuesday, according to the

Associated Press
(which has been among Sheehan`s
most ardent sycophants). "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

Indeed. These are people, remember,

liken Iraqi terrorists
to America`s

during the

Revolutionary War

Who oppose not only the war in
Iraq, but also the invasion of Afghanistan after the

Sept. 11 attacks

Who believe the terrorist attacks
on the
World Trade Center

, and at

Shanksville, PA
, were a Bush conspiracy with Israel
and/or Saudi Arabia.

Who applaud when left-wing

Ward Churchill
gloats about

"chickens coming home to roost"
and suggests that the peace movement
should support the

of American troops.

Who use the names and images of
dead American soldiers against their families` wishes to
propagate anti-Bush hatred.

Who believe Saddam Hussein should
be freed and

Guantanamo Bay

Who carry around banners that


Lt. Col. Boylan reminded

the media
that "the 2,000th Soldier, Sailor,
Airman, or Marine that is killed in action is just as
important as the first that died and will be just as
important as the last to die in this war against
terrorism and to ensure freedom for a people who have
not known freedom in over two generations."
advised journalists to pay as much attention to the true
milestones in the war—including the momentous events of
Iraqis voting, training for the

police and security forces
, and joining the new

"Celebrate the daily milestones,
the accomplishments they have secured and look to the
future of a free and democratic Iraq and to the day that
all of our troops return home to the heroes welcome they
Boylan urged.

For the "peace activists"
who hate the president with far more energy than they
could ever muster in genuine support of

our troops
, this simple request to appreciate the
fruits of hard-fought freedom is too much to ask. And
too much for them to bear.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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