Opinion: Something is Wrong –
By Wayne Halm –
This is personal – and I’m going to ask a favor.
(I direct this to my American friends, but others might also feel the problem.)
Today I learned that Marine Staff Sergeant Louis F. Cardin was killed by rocket fire in Ninawa Province, Iraq. This happened back on March 19th. It took a while for me to find out – and that disturbs me deeply.
Admittedly, I do live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the news is slow to arrive. Yet, I’ve heard in detail about the death of a rock singer, and the news services somehow overlooked the Sergeant’s death. I feel something is wrong.
But wrong with what? The news services? The American people? Or maybe that I care indicates there is something wrong with me.
I didn’t know Louis, however I would have liked to. A lot of years flowed between, but he and I walked in some of the same boots. The Sergeant had the courage and conviction to lace up combat boots, I got to take mine off again – he did not. If that is not enough to garner the same attention as a singer, then something is wrong.
The death of this Marine was not a secret, it just wasn’t announced very loudly. Help to mitigate that wrong. Call or email your local news stations and ask them to report in depth on every US combat death. We need to know about them – and they deserve at least that.
Call … it will make me feel better … and perhaps you too.
We are brothers in arms! And I totally agree. Unfortunately, this type of news does not sell. My prayers go out to Marine Staff Sergeant Louis F. Cardin’s family.
I am not surprised that we are brothers in arms. And I know that I’m beating my head against the wall, but it makes me feel better … maybe if I taught Marines to sing rock songs they would get more news coverage.
A Hui Hou,
I have given up long ago trying to figure out such things. We serve because we care and want to make our countries safer so people can say and idolize who they want. It is a difficult balance and SSgt Cardin would likely smile and say thank you to you for caring.