Believe what the soldiers tell you

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 17, 2003

Look through -- not to -- CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC for the truth.

A familiar pattern reminiscent to the Vietnam War is developing with respect to the Iraq war.

This may not be pretty or easy to say, but it must be said. The media is filling up households in the USA with a daily dose of: "X number of Americans were killed in Iraq today." Any American death is one too many, but freedom has a price; and thousands of young Americans are offering to give their lives so that you and I may live secure in our rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States!

The media wants to wear us down -- gradually erode our determination on the home front. And, the bad guys are very willing to assist them. The bad guys know, as was the case with the Vietnam War, that if we the people lose our resolve then they have won the battle if not the war.

It may come as a surprise to many of you, but in the Vietnam War, Americans won every major fight that we fought. Indeed, on the night of January 31, 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese launched the Tet offensive. By early March 1968, the North Vietnamese had lost 50,000 and in the process had seen the destruction of their command structure in the south. The U.S. and South Vietnamese lost 6,000. However, because television showed the bad guys attacking the US Embassy in Saigon for a brief period; to this day most Americans think that the Tet offensive was a big victory for the North Vietnamese. Because television poisoned the minds of the American public with biased reporting it was a psychological win for the bad guys.

So, in the Iraq war look beyond the nightly dribble offered up by the major television networks. If our men and women on the front lines are willing to fight to the death if need be – and they are – then support them unceasingly. Even more important, let them know that you support them. I correspond with a number of America's fighting men and women most of whom I have never met, and I can tell you that they are tickled pink that an old soldier would take the time to write to them. Some of their statements bring tears to my eyes as is the case with David, a Private First Class with the 82nd Airborne. He said in his last letter: "We are doing alot of good over here and almost none of it gets reported. We are determined to finish the job, but please tell the folks back home that we need their wholehearted support."

I am trying to fulfill David's request. Will you help me?