I am writing you to express my disgust once again in the way media stories are distributed to the American public.
It seems that if the story does not involve Americans dying or a negative spin on the situation in Iraq that the American public does not need to hear about it. Currently I am in Iraq working in support of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad. On a daily basis, I observe amazing positives that I never hear about in the media. If you look hard enough you can generally find these feel-good articles buried in the back of a Web site somewhere. Meanwhile a simple search for Iraq will bring up copious amounts of stories involving death, destruction and our overall failure in Iraq.
Do you not remember that basic childhood lesson that there are always two sides to a story? Why do we only hear of one?
I am going to include a link to an article that CBS did involving an orphanage in Baghdad. When I heard of this I expected to see it plastered all over the news but in reality I had a hard time finding anything on it. In my time in Iraq I have seen human life disregarded on many levels but none have impacted me more than the disregard for the lives of their children.
I observed a protest in Boulder years ago where a young man was outraged by the war in Iraq and he stated "How would you like it if these were your children in Iraq and foreigners invaded?" Well, as a father I can definitively state that I would welcome it with open arms. If he could see the things I and many others have seen, I assure you he would not be up on that soapbox. Unfortunately he will never be exposed to this side of the story since the press seems to shelter the public from anything positive in the Middle East.
Children should laugh and play, not live in fear. Yes, life was good for the minority of children and families, the same families you see on TV complaining that things were better when Saddam was in power. But get away from the people who were protected by Saddam, the majority, and you hear a different tune, one of poverty, starvation and retribution. Remember children deserve to live their lives as children. This is reason enough for me to stand in harm's way.
Please review the attached article and print if you see fit. These soldiers deserve recognition and the people need to understand that human life is not valued here as it is in the U.S.: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/18/notebook/main2946477.shtml