The camera man who shot the notorious footage of a Marine dispatching a wounded terrorist in Fallujah is Kevin Sites. He is being denounced on WorldNet Daily as a left-wing activist. Interestingly, Sites is a blogger; his site is here.
It’s actually a pretty interesting blog. I don’t doubt that Sites is a liberal, but I can’t agree that he comes across as unsympathetic to our troops or as anti-American. True, his last post, the only one that deals with the Fallujah offensive, is defeatist at best. It describes the first day of the fighting in Fallujah, and ends as follows:
The Marines know they are being hunted. Boxed from the east and the west in a treacherous kill zone by an enemy they can feel — but can’t see. Their superior firepower is checked by the insurgent’s knowledge of the city — their cunning in using blind alleyways and the crooks and crannies of buildings to pick off the Marines.
The gun battle continues late into the night — eventually an AC-130 gunship is called in and strafes Elizabeth Street with its mini guns. With eight of their men wounded–it is a bloody and disappointing start for the Marines — and a reminder that to win the battle for Falluja — they will likely have to fight as they did today block by block, street by street.
I admit, it’s a little over the top to describe the Marines as “hunted” occupants of a “kill zone,” given what happened over the next week. But I don’t think this passage is representative of Sites’s site as a whole. You can read it and judge for yourself.
More interesting to me were some of the posts by commenters on Sites’s blog. As with most comments sections, they tend to degenerate into name-calling between pro-war and anti-war posters. But I thought this comment, by a woman named Monir Kazemi, is worth repeating. She is responding to a comment from another woman who ridiculed her criticisms of the Islamofascists:
Jana says: “Monir you dont know anything about Iraq or Islam or the Koran ….”
Dear Jana, I was born in the Middle East and went to Islamic school and at one time I memorized parts of the Koran. I am from a neighboring country to Iraq.
The Koran says Sureh 4, Verse 35: Men have authority over women (not just the wife but sisters, daughters, maids, etc.). If they disobey, “first admonish them, then refuse to sleep with them, and then beat them”. You can read it for yourself at http://www.light-of-life.com/eng/reveal/ or other sites. Also try http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate/index.html to see the 2nd class citizenship of women in Islam (for example they are counted as half of one witness, or receive inheritence half of a man).
Now Jana you are wrong that this is a matter of interpretation. When the Koran says women receive half the inheritence of a man, then this is not an issue of interpretation. It says Sureh 4:11 – “A male shall inherit twice as much as a female”. Now how can you interpret mathematics in multiple ways?
You say that I am “not allowed” (by whom may I ask?) – that I am not allowed to say that the Koran has recommended to beat women or to disinherit women because of their gender. And why can’t I say this? What stops me and other open minded people to say that the Koran contains nonsense of this sort? If it offends you that I say this, well then take a cold shower, and if you are a moslem (by the sound of it) then change your religion instead of being so embarrased about it, as I am just repeating what is in there complete with verse numbers and am exercizing my right to free speech, and I can say all I wish about Islam, including facts about the Koran – and this is exactly why the Marines are in Fallujah beating the hell out of these Islamofascists – because they want to stop me from saying the facts, and no Jana, you cannot stop me as those Marines are protecting me, the Iraqis, and ultimately America, and neither can you stop the good Marines who are risking their lives, to bring out the truth about this decrepit religion. You should be ashamed of yourself to undermine our men and women in danger in the battlezone who are fighting tyranny, while people like you suck up to it.
I wish I knew this Monir Kazemi. I just read her words again, and I think they are the most eloquent defense of America’s commitment to freedom that I have read in a long time. If she ran for office, I’d vote for her in a heartbeat.