Thursday, May 18, 2006

Semper Fi?

My mother was a Marine. During the second world war, she joined the new Women's Marine Reserves. She went through boot camp at Camp Lejeune, learned to navigate planes being flown from aircraft factories to domestic bases, and taught navigation to Marines returning from the front in order to put the new planes into action.

She was proud of being a Marine. Of all the men who held the office of superintendent at VMI during her lifetime, the one who drew her warmest praise was George Shell, not only because he was a fine man and widely liked, but also because he was a Marine. I imagine she'd have had the same respect for Anthony Zinni, had she been alive to see him speak here against the war on Iraq in October 2002. It's almost a sure thing she'd be voting for Marine James Webb in the Democratic Senate primary next month.

But today, I'm glad she's not here. She would be deeply angry and ashamed about the Marine murders in Haditha. And anyone who knew my mother would agree: you didn't want to be around when she was angry, much less be on the receiving end.



At 12:06 PM, May 28, 2006, Blogger Gazetteer said...


Thanks very much for your perspective on the Badges fabrication.

I most appreciated your comments about how this kind of thing actually diminishes the impact of cases of true anti-semitism.


At 4:35 PM, May 28, 2006, Blogger Nell said...

Thanks, gazetteer. I enjoyed visiting your blog. The post I linked to is a fine public service: the National Post editor's "apology" for his paper's recent attempt to smear Iran with the wholly fabricated story of a new law requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear identifying badges.

To any readers who might be mystified: my comments on the disinfo campaign are mostly in this thread at Jim Henley's blog, in an earlier thread there, and at Taylor Marsh's. Taylor is the major heroine of this story.

At 1:10 AM, May 29, 2006, Blogger Nell said...

Oops. In that last comment I screwed up the link to gazetteer's republication of the National Post "apology" for the Iranian badges-for-Jews smear, which they put behind a subscription wall.


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