Victim Dictum

“Here’s a Memorial Day quiz:

1. Who is Jessica Lynch?

Correct. She’s the Army private captured, and later rescued, in the early days of the war.

2. Who is Leigh Ann Hester?

Come on. The Kentucky National Guard vehicle commander was awarded a Silver Star last year for fighting off an insurgent attack on a convoy in Iraq. The first woman to receive a Silver Star since World War II, and the first woman ever to receive one for close combat.

If you don’t recognize Sergeant Hester’s name, that’s not surprising. While Private Lynch’s ordeal appears in some 12,992 newspaper and broadcast reports on the Factiva news service, Sergeant Hester and her decoration for extraordinary valor show up in only 162.

One difference: Sergeant Hester is a victor, while Private Lynch can be seen as a victim. And when it comes to media reports about the military these days, victimology is all the rage… Victors, Not Victims – Honor soldiers. Don’t pity them. continues..

For every story about someone who served out of conviction and resolutely went on with his civilian life, there are many more articles about a soldier’s failure or a veteran’s floundering.

It’s a sign of some progress that the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are not spit upon and shunned as Vietnam vets were. Yet there may be something more pernicious about mouthing “Support Our Troops” while also asserting that many of them are poor, uneducated dupes who were cannon fodder overseas and have come home as basket cases, plagued by a range of mental, emotional and financial problems.

The vast majority of vets don’t fit that description. Many, like one returned Army guardsman we talked to, chalk up this portrayal to the media’s fascination with bad news in general. ”

They are out of control.
They are pathetic.
They are not worthy of respect. Is that the subliminal message we are to receive about our Military?
Soldiers are people, with the usual human virtues and vices never far from the surface. Perfect? Hardly. Victims. Not in our estimation.

Perhaps we should consider offering the warm glow of solidarity and validating our soldiers’ status instead of highlighting mishaps, calamitous incidents and errors of judgement which the Media feed on relentlessly.

The Media seems to delight in focusing on what soldiers cannot control, namely ambushes, friendly fire accidents, and random unexpected bombings rather than on the actions and victories of proactive soldiers, which are things they can control. They revel in taking the sweet smell of success and turning it slightly rancid.

With appalling regularity, the Media finds ways to undermine soldiers as well as the war effort.

“One can live for two months on a good compliment.”
Mark Twain
So here’s to our Miltary and to those of us who don’t choose to view our soldiers as damaged goods or victims.
To us, they are Champions.


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8 Responses to “Victim Dictum”

  1. Gayle says:

    Absolutely, Angel! The MSM ought to hang their heads in shame but of course they don’t think they have anything to be ashamed about. I think they should be ashamed of calling themselves “Americans” while not standing up for America!

    This is a wonderful post!

  2. MB says:

    Amen! … Enemies with a megaphone…
    They may have earned their right to rub elbows with the enemy… but we know who they are. They’re the ones who print: “From undisclosed sources.

    Truly great post!

  3. VBGuru613 says:

    Amen sister

  4. KArL MMmm says:


  5. Brooke says:

    Preach it!

    Thanks for posting this, Angel! I hadn’t hear of this valorous woman before now!

  6. David says:

    When future historians look back at this age, they may well find that the Mass Media pospeople Hivemind was a bigger mass murderer than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Rachel Carson combined.

  7. David says:

    When future historians look back at this age, they may well find that the Mass Media Podpeople Hivemind was a bigger mass murderer than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Rachel Carson combined.

  8. elmers brother says:

    this was a good post.