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-- Micah 6:8

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-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

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--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ignored By NPR

This is the first in an occasional series giving the stories about the Global War on Terror that are easily found, but studiously ignored by the MSM.

NPR, National People's Radio, in particular is noteworthy for documenting every possible negative development in Iraq, every fault and failing they can unearth about the American military, every tale of woe and destruction from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even when they do a story about military personnel, it tends to be a mournful piece about a casualty and the loved ones he left behind.

Strongly implied is the message that the war is not worth the sacrifice. We might be inclined to credit good will toward these pieces if NPR showed any signs of respecting the military or acknowledging the success stories and highlighting the heroes. But if all they tell us about are the failings, the scandals, the doubts, they can hardly claim to be pro-military when they do a somber story about a dead soldier or Marine and how devestating his loss is to the family and community back home.

Why won't they tell us the good stories?


Here then is Installment I of the series "Ignored by NPR":

Urban combat often devolves into a series of actions that traverse winding streets and narrow alleys--sometimes for hours. That was certainly the case for Sgt. 1st Class Stephens on June 24, 2004, in Baqubah. That morning, Stephens and his platoon were called in to assist another platoon taking heavy fire from insurgents. Stephens’s platoon helped the others fight through the engagement and then proceeded further into Baqubah. And then they ran into the first ambush of the day. His company commander was severely wounded, and elements of the company disengaged to evacuate him--leaving an even slimmer force. Undaunted, Stephens’s platoon fought through the ambush and continued the offensive as it wound through the city.Then came a second ambush. In a barrage of fire from all directions, one of the Bradleys was disabled by an RPG round--leaving a wounded man trapped in the open. As enemies continued to pour down a heavy stream of fire, Stephens leapt from his vehicle and sprinted 50 meters in the open to reach the injured soldier. As rounds ricocheted off the metal, Stephens climbed into the open hatch to pull the soldier out of the wrecked vehicle. Medics crouched on the protected side of the vehicle, and Stephens lowered the injured man to them. He then ran back across the open space, dodging the enemies’ fire. Stephens rallied his men and pushed on through the city, repelling numerous attacks as they evacuated the wounded soldier. Despite an injury, Stephens led his men to the opposite side of the city to a nearby base, where they hoped to save their downed man. Unfortunately, his wounds were too grave. For his selfless act in retrieving a fellow soldier while under enemy fire, Stephens was awarded the Silver Star on Oct. 22, 2006.
God bless this American hero!

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