November 3, 2006
Seymour Hersh's Other RealityBy Ray Robison
Seymour Hersh reportedly has claimed at a recent speaking event in Montreal that,
To make his point he, tells of an incident regarding US forces under an IED attack, a common accordance in Iraq. Only this time according to Hersh, the soldiers got out of the vehicles and started mowing down innocents on a soccer field:
He described one video in which American soldiers massacre a group of people playing soccer.
Now in researching his other recent allegations about our soldiers in the stylistic vain of John Murtha, I stumbled upon another description of this event by Hersh. In a New York Magazine profile subtitled "Sy Hersh's Loose Relationship with the Literal Truth," Hersh describes his writing ethics versus his public speaking ethics.
I must say he certainly can fudge what he says. For in this same article he describes the same soccer field incident as he did Wednesday in Montreal.
He tells me a long tale of the ghastly killing of some Iraqi civilians by U.S. soldiers. He frames his account as a hypothetical set piece,
Now let's compare the two stories both centered on a soccer field atrocity and accompanied by the planting of weapons, obviously the same incident unless soccer players are just staggeringly unlucky in Iraq.
Where's the IED? We have gone from an ambush to just seeing bad guys running. How do we know they are bad guys Hersh? Oh that's right, it is a hypothetical so it is okay to call our soldiers baby killers.
How about this Hersh:
Now which is it Hersh, video or photographs? Both? Where are they Hersh? Where is the video and pictures you keep talking about? Why is your repeated telling of the obviously same incident so disparate when you say there is video and photographs of the incident? If you have seen them, why can't you get the story straight?
Maybe we should be asking Hersh what ever happened to the Abu Ghraib rape video he claimed to have existed. Hersh spoke at a conference in 2004 and told the audience that US soldier's video taped Iraqi guards raping little boys. Has anybody seen that video? Is any media organization going to start holding Hersh responsible for backing up his ludicrous claims?
Well if that is the game, here is what I was told by a former employee at Abu Ghraib who shall remain anonymous. While not excusing the abuse that occurred there (obviously there were a few sadistic personalities involved), the media did not report that the reason the abuse started is because the prisoners had associates smuggle in weapons along with the food. The prisoners then started shooting up the place, killing at least one person (another prisoner thankfully) that my source watched die. That is when the abuse started. According to my source the guards had been relatively polite until then. That incident changed everything.
The New York Magazine article adds this:
That other reality? When did hypothetical stories of US soldiers murdering innocents become 'that other reality of the Iraq War'? This is not some Princeton class room with a crotchety old professor throwing around thought experiments in Einsteinian fashion. This is a senior journalist claiming that your sons, daughter, husband and wives are cold blooded murderers. Giving moral sustenance to the same enemy that is already trying to kill our soldiers. The soldiers take the bullets and the IEDs while this man gets romanticized in New York Magazine articles.
That is the other reality.
Is this what we have become? Is this who we are now? Is this our value system? This guy gets to be a hero to a significant portion of our society as journalism mythologizes him, while the soldiers who defend him get their legs blown off?
Hersh says he can fudge the truth. Well, Hersh can go fudge himself, but he should leave our service people alone.
Ray Robison is the proprietor of Ray Robison: Pointing Out the Obvious to the Oblivious, and an occasional contributor to American Thinker.