Where Are the War Heroes?
The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger asks an excellent question: "There must have been hundreds of acts of bravery and valor in Fallujah. Where will history record their stories?" TIA Daily has an answer: send us links and information about stories of our soldiers' courage and competence under fire, and we will post the best stories.
"We Won't Have a Draft," Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, November 19
"The amazing, perhaps historic, battle of Fallujah has come and gone, and the
biggest soldier story to come out of it is the alleged Marine shooting. There must have been hundreds of acts of bravery and valor in Fallujah. Where will history record their stories? Maybe it's just a function of an age in which TV
fears that attention spans die faster than caddis flies, and surfing the Web means ingesting information like a participant in a hot dog eating contest. By contrast, Michael Ware of Time magazine has a terrific account this week of one
platoon led by Staff Sgt. David Bellavia ('We're not going to die!'), fighting its way through the snipers and booby traps of Fallujah: 'A young sergeant went down, shrapnel or a bullet fragment lodging in his cheek. After checking
himself, he went back to returning fire.' Amid mostly glimpses this week of telegenic bullet flight paths and soldiers backed against walls, I wanted more stories like this. More information about who these gu! ys are and what they were doing and how they were doing it. The commanders in Iraq praise them profusely, and by now maybe that's all these young US soldiers need--praise from peers. But the American people, many of them, have been desperate for some vehicle that would let them actively lend support to the troops, or their families back in the States."