View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
The left always talks about how the Iraqi people will suffer in a war. I saw Stephen Ambrose speak here in Denver, shortly before he died, plugging his then-newest book, The Wild Blue. It's about the less-glamorous B-17 crews in WWII, in particular, one brave pilot and commander, George McGovern. McGovern used to get asked if he regretted any of the bombs he dropped, and he said no, he didn't, given the cause, except for one. The bomb bay door had gotten stuck during a run over Austria, and since you can't land the plane that way, they had to release the thing wherever they could. It was just about noon, when he heard that the bomb was away, and looked down to see it strike a farmhouse. McGovern was from South Dakota, and knew just whan farm families do around noon. He always said that if he could have one back, that would be it.

Flash forward about 40 years, and McGovern is in Europe as a guest on a radio talk show. He tells that story, and then takes a call. It turns out that it's from someone who, given the time and location, figured it was his farmhouse that got hit by that bomb. They heard it coming, were able to get out of the house, and while it was destroyed, everyone had lived. Here's what he told the man who destroyed his family home: he said that if the loss of his house had ended the war one day, or one hour, or one minute sooner, then it was worth it.

Now, why would anyone think that the Iraqis would react differently? "End Racism," indeed.

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