Last week ABC's Nightline spent an entire program showing photos of American military personnel who have died in Iraq. It was an exercise that did nothing to honor those Americans, because it lacked reference to the true context of their sacrifice.
Perhaps Nightline could devote an entire program to showing photos, and reading the names of every U.S. city in which there has not been a terrorist attack since President Bush made the decision to take the war to the terrorists turf, rather than continue the Clinton policy of making a token response, then waiting around for the next attack.
Thanks to this change of strategy, our military has been destroying the terrorist threat at its source, and many brave American warriors have given their lives in that effort. The State Departmet recently released statistics recommending the value of those sacrifices: the number of terror attacks against Americans is at a historic low; moreover, no attack by terrorist networks has reached U.S. soil, since our armed forces took the fight to the enemy following September 11, 2001.
Interestingly, it vexes Ted Koppel that Americans are not disrupted in their daily lives by the War on Terror, so Koppel has appointed himself Designated Disrupter, and displayed the faces of America's war dead, as if they were victims, rather than the heroes whose courage and devotion have allowed most Americans to continue living in peace and safety.
On the night of 9/11/01, who would have guessed that two and one-half years later life would be normal in the United States? But, unharmed American cities, and the American people going about life as usual are the images that give proper meaning to the casualties of this war. Those who have died gave the last full measure of devotion to protecting the liberty of their countrymen, and the right way to honor them is for those of us who still walk in that liberty which their blood has vouchsafed, to rededicate ourselves to finishing the noble task for which these men and women gave their all.