A Pro-War Column: Persistent Pockets Of Media Resistance


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The anti-war grouches, naysayers, and quagmirists in the
mainstream media were so, so sure there would be no
jubilation at the Iraqi liberation.

When
Vice President Dick Cheney promised on NBC`s Meet the
Press that “We will be greeted as liberators,”
Newsweek`s
anonymous “Conventional Wisdom” column
writers

sneered
that Cheney`s remark was

“An arrogant blunder for the ages.”

When
deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
predicted that the Iraqis
would welcome a U.S. invading force, The
Nation`s
Eric Alterman

sniffed
: “Is Wolfowitz really so ignorant of
history as to believe the Iraqis would welcome us as
`their hoped-for liberators`?

In an article headlined

“Panic in the White House,”
writer Andrew Stephen of
the New Statesman sniped: “And they
thought it was going to be so easy. They really did
believe it: that troops would be welcomed in Iraq, with
flowers and hugs and kisses, as
liberators for whom they had been waiting so long.”

Quentin Peel of the Financial Times added
gloomily: “The danger for Mr. Bush is that he will
win the war, eventually and unpleasantly, but he will
never be seen as a liberator.”

Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times

opined
: “[I]f this isn`t Vietnam, neither is it
the Afghanistan campaign, where Americans were hailed as
liberators.
I was in Afghanistan during that war, and the difference
is manifest. Afghans were giddy and jubilant, while
Iraqis now are typically sullen and distrustful and
thirsty.

And
while co-hosting ABC`s “Good Morning America,” Diane
Sawyer

derided
: “What happened to the flowers expected
to be tossed the way of the Americans? Was it a terrible
miscalculation?”

This
week, as all the world has now seen, the flowers were in
full bloom. Jubilation rocked the streets. Coalition
troops were showered with petals, kisses, and hugs from
Basra in the south to central Baghdad to the
northern-most cities of Iraq. Here are just a few of the
captions that accompanied the tender and telling photos
taken across the liberated country:


  • “An Iraqi girl

    waves an American
    flag to U.S. Marines of the15th
    Expeditionary Unit at the Marines Battalion Combat
    Operation Center in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq.”


  • “U.S. Army Spc. John Dresel from

    Oxford, Conn.
    is

    kissed
    by an Iraqi child in Baghdad. The soldiers
    from the A Company 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment
    took over a section of northern Baghdad with a warm
    welcome from many residents…”


  • “A Kurd kisses

    a picture of
    United States President George W. Bush
    during celebrations in the streets of Sulaymaniyah,
    northern Iraq…”


  • “Lance
    Corp. Shawn Hicks of Arizona gets a

    kiss
    Wednesday from an Iraqi man as they

    celebrate the arrival
    of American troops in central
    Baghdad.”


  • “An Iraqi
    man puts flowers on the head of a U.S Marine in Saddam
    City in eastern Baghdad. Iraqis joyously welcomed U.S.
    Marines driving through eastern Baghdad…”


  • “Two U.S.
    special forces soldiers are seen atop their jeep, front,
    as Kurdish fighters pose for a

    group picture with flowers
    received from the Kurdish
    Students Union, near the town of Dibagan…in northern
    Iraq. The students` union presented them with flowers in
    gratitude for their war efforts.”

  • “Samantha Sheppard, 28, from Plymouth in Britain, a soldier with
    the 2nd Light Tank Regiment,

    smiles
    as she receives a flower from an Iraqi man
    during a patrol on the streets of east Basra, southern
    Iraq.”

No
flowers for you, Diane.

These buoyant pictures of liberation are worth a
thousand of the quagmirists` dreary words.
But even
as Baghdad crumbled and Iraqis rejoiced in the streets,
the pockets of liberal media resistance persist.

ABC`s
Peter Jennings grumbled that the mass of Iraqi citizens
gathered in Baghdad to cheer the toppling of a Saddam
Hussein statue was

“a small crowd.”
(A phrase better applied to the
dwindling audience for Jennings`

phenomenally biased
nightly news broadcasts.)

The
Los Angeles Times
, meanwhile, downplayed the dancing
in the streets, and instead amplified the seething
resentment of the Arab media establishment—citing
Saddam`s apologists at the Arab News and Egypt`s Al
Wafd
newspaper—to prove that

“many see occupation, not liberation, of Iraq.”

The
surly opponents of Operation Iraqi Freedom can spin, but
they can`t hide the simple, Kodachrome-colored truth:
Tyranny brings only

misery
. Liberation kindles

joy
.

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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