THEN DON’T SAY “NOTHING”
“…[N]othing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.”–from the Pope’s Easter Message
Platoon Baits Suspect to Protect Children
By Sgt. Mike Pryor
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division
BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 9, 2007 — Staff Sgt. Darin Morgan’s platoon had just snatched a suspected insurgent off the streets. They had done it without Apache gun ships hovering overhead and without Stryker vehicles blocking the roads. They did it without blowing open any doors or damaging any property. And they did it without firing a single shot. All of which, Morgan said, means they did it the right way.
Iraq PRTs to Double in Number by Year’s End, Official Says
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2007 – Plans are under way to double the number of provincial reconstruction teams now operating in Iraq by the end of the year, a senior U.S. official said during a news conference in Iraq today. …“We do projects and reconstruction, but that’s not our primary purpose,” Olson said of the PRTs’ activities in Iraq. “We do primarily capacity building and institution building in the area of government, economics, rule of law, infrastructure and public diplomacy.”
There’s plenty of bad news from Iraq–but there’s some good news, too. Schools are being built, newspapers are reporting, businesses are opening, coalitions are being formed, elections are being held…and Irreconcilable Islamists are being dealt with so that they may never again bomb a marketplace full of civilians. In my book, that counts as a moral good. To say that absolutely nothing good comes from Iraq is simply wrong and the Pope should know better.
After all, in 1945, the Allies had firebombed Dresden–that is, dropped so much conventional munitions that the very air above the city caught fire. The Soviets were advancing from the other direction, raping and pillaging as they went, soon to impose a totaltarian state on half of Europe every bit as odious as the one they displaced.
Almost everyone in Europe was a refugee. One could have easily said “…nothing positive comes from Europe, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.”
Yet that war liberated half of Europe, ended the Nazi menace…and freed one boy from mandatory service in the Hitler Youth.
That boy was Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict.
I don’t think so.
(Michael Novak has similar, if more orderly, thoughts.)