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Friday, October 28, 2005

More Liberal Bias

Wednesday, the New York Times published a verbose article on the "grim milestone" and cited a death letter written by Cpl. Jeffery B. Starr, USMC. Here's what the times copied from the letter:

Another member of the 1/5, Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, rejected a $24,000 bonus to re-enlist. Corporal Starr believed strongly in the war, his father said, but was tired of the harsh life and nearness of death in Iraq. So he enrolled at Everett Community College near his parents' home in Snohomish, Wash., planning to study psychology after his enlistment ended in August.

But he died in a firefight in Ramadi on April 30 during his third tour in Iraq. He was 22.

Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. ''I kind of predicted this,'' Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. ''A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances.''

Well, it seems he resigned himself to death and didn't really care about the cause, right? Well here's what Cpl. Starr's uncle had to say to Michelle Malkin:

Yesterday's New York Times on-line edition carried the story of the 2000 Iraq US military death[s]. It grabbed my attention as the picture they used with the headline was that of my nephew, Cpl Jeffrey B. Starr, USMC.

Unfortunately they did not tell Jeffrey's story. Jeffrey believed in what he was doing. He [was] willing put his life on the line for this cause. Just before he left for his third tour of duty in Iraq I asked him what he thought about going back the third time. He said: "If we (Americans) don't do this (free the Iraqi people from tyranny) who will? No one else can."

Several months after Jeffrey was killed his laptop computer was returned to his parents who found a letter in it that was addressed to his girlfriend and was intended to be found only if he did not return alive. It is a most poignant letter and filled with personal feelings he had for his girlfriend. But of importance to the rest of us was his expression of how he felt about putting his life at risk for this cause. He said it with grace and maturity.

He wrote: "Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."

What Jeffrey said is important. Americans need to understand that most of those who are or have been there understand what's going on. It would honor Jeffrey's memory if you would publish the rest of his story.

Cpl. Starr believed in what he was doing and :gasp: WANTED to be in Iraq helping others. I have no doubt that his death will be defiled by the left in an attempt to advance their own agenda... oh wait, too late. There's also a letter from June written to the Sand Diego Tribune by Cpl. Starr's uncle. The letter is great except that it's followed by some leftist whining whose author probably celebrated Starr's death the other day.

Getting back to the New York Times, notice how they left out his support for the Iraq war and only focused on how he expected to die. In an article where they use the term "grim milestone," this article is anything but unbiased (journalism, in theory, should not use adjectives FYI).

As an aside, I think it's important to note that it's the blogsophere that again exposes such blatant liberal bias in the MSM.

I really love the business section of the New York Times, but the rest of the paper is worse than toilet paper (at least TP has a use) and because of that, I will never subscribe to it. Plus, the internet is more or less free and far more current than anything in print.