Cassandra at Villainous Company is the wife of a Marine, so when the Associated Press broke its embed agreement and published its photo of a soldier taken as he was dying in Afghanistan in defiance of his family’s wishes, she felt their pain and voiced her objections, as did Michelle Malkin and others.
However, it appears Donald Douglas of American Power, jumped into the fray on the AP’s side. I believe he was looking for allies in the business of publishing photos and videos that violate the rights of others as he has done purely for personal gain. Recently Cassandra and Attila and I all piled onto Donald for publishing the link to the peeping Tom video taken of a popular female sportscaster while she was showering.
Oh — and Donald has a lot of blah-blah-blah trying to invalidate Cassandra’s objections by casting her as a Left-wing-feminist. Huh! Left wing? Not even. Feminist? Hell, yes!
However, I have another point to make besides letting Cassandra know I’m with her. That’s because I’ve been reading United in Hate: the Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Hate by Jamie Glazov this week. And I just got through the chapter analyzing the Left’s love of the Viet Nam War, which we had effectively won, but in the end lost because of the people at home who broke our will — from Walter Cronkhite’s despairing coverage of the Tet offensive to the anti-war protests.
So I want to point out to Cassandra, and the world, that I believe the objective of the AP editor in publishing the photo of the dying soldier was not simply to illuminate the experience of war — it was to chip away at our will to win.
Update, 9/15/09: And now dear Attila has added her voice.