A word from Laura Armstrong

Laura Armstrong is the daughter of the legendary Vietnam War hero Roger (“Black Bart”) Bartholomew, and a hero in her own right as far as we at Power Line are concerned. Having played a key role in the campaign to remind voters of John Kerry’s slanderous attacks on Vietnam veterans, Laura is now enjoying life with her husband (a Marine who recently returned to the States) and writing for the Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal. Here is her latest column:

If I could force the critics of this war to look anywhere right now, I’d make them look at Georgia, at a little baby, and at the good-hearted Americans who’re moving heaven and Earth to help an Iraqi family.
I’d show them Baby Noor, the 3-month-old infant who’s traveling from Abu Ghraib to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for life-saving surgery. I’d point them at Georgia’s 48th Brigade Combat Team, the regular folks at Douglasville’s Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Senator Saxby Chambliss and every other kind soul behind the spirited effort.
This story, which in a few short days has become symbolic of all that’s good about U.S. involvement in Iraq, is proof that much of what liberals and critics say about the war is propaganda.
“Bombing the hell” out of a country, intentionally killing innocents, and being there only for oil are the addled manifestations of war critics who live in a world of denial, accusation and mistrust.
Their opposition to our presence in Iraq, including non-stop criticism of the administration and our military as “imperialist killing machines” isn’t based on fact, but on myth, misguided naiveté or, worst of all, hatred for this president.
They don’t want to admit to any successes in Iraq, even the individual ones like saving Baby Noor.
See the hand ringing, as war critics watch troops get positive press for doing what they do every day: helping the people of Iraq.
See them aghast that Baby Noor might get half the coverage given the torture story, the atrocity story, the Koran mishandling story. They do not want the world to see soldiers being fatherly, going the extra mile to save one small life.
This rocks John Kerry’s world, because he and his cronies say our troops “terrorize Iraqi women and children” in the middle of the night. Don’t ask me why, but a majority of liberals and democrats want us to believe that, even though they claim to “support the troops”. (If they’re not characterizing our professional soldiers and Marines as evil occupiers, they’re painting them as misled victims).
And about the father and grandmother of little Baby Noor: have you noticed they must cover their faces, protecting their identities from the possibility of discovery?
This is not done for religious reasons, but out of fear. Fear that the real evil occupiers of their country and their neighborhood will see them. Fear the insurgents (lets just call them what they are – terrorists) might see them TRYING TO GET HELP FOR THEIR CHILD and kill them and their family members.
Americans historically stand up against evil. We’re bearers of hope and freedom around the world, despite what liberals say.
If Baby Noor’s touching story isn’t proof enough for them of why we should be in Iraq and of the evil we’re fighting, then I’m resigned to the fact they’re hopelessly stuck in a quagmire of their own – the inability to see that for which we fight.
How can men be so evil that they would kill someone for saving their child?
This puts freedom in perspective to me.


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