Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thank you Michael Yon

I have seen Michael Yon's name a few differnt times in the blogosphere, and finally got to his site Michael Yon Online. He is an independent correspondent in Iraqi, and all you need to know about the kind of man he is from his site:

I’ve been criticized for using terms like terrorist and enemy in my dispatches. Most critics are a safe distance from the battleground. ... There’s no value in using imprecise language in a futile attempt to appear objective. There is a difference between Coalition soldiers and Iraqi police officers and the terrorists and criminals they confront. Whether you call them insurgents or resistance fighters or terrorists, the people who wake up in the morning plotting how to drive explosives-laden cars into crowds of children have to be confronted.

Combat is just one form of confrontation. I chose another way. By getting close enough to the truth, for long enough to recognize when reality reveals it, I confront the distortions in how this struggle is portrayed. I do it because we need to see this clearly: what happens in and to Iraq is a defining moment for our nation, and the world. This enemy is smart and they are deadly, but they are also losing. Iraq can become a strong and free nation. But it will take the constant application of pressure over time to stem the flow of blood. If we back off too soon, they will rebound. If we cut our losses and run, they will follow us home. Peace can prevail here, if we can use our strength to maintain our progress.

Good stuff.