Wednesday, April 02, 2003

For those still new to the concept of Blogs, one of the best has to be BEST OF THE WEB TODAY, on Opinion Journal of The Wall Street Journal Online. Daily, James Taranto picks the best articles and op-eds from the web and comments on them ... not entirely different from what I do here, and honestly one of my inspirations for this Blog.

Once again, Mr. Taranto ties two disparate stories together with a common theme. Be sure to add Best of The Web Today to your Bookmarks ... um, after mine, of course!!

Saving Private Lynch
Army Rangers and Navy SEALs yesterday rescued 19-year-old Pfc. Jessica Lynch, an Army supply clerk from the delightfully named town of Palestine, W.Va., who had been missing for nine days after Iraqi forces ambushed her supply line. The New York Post explains how the good guys found Lynch:

In a twist right out of a Hollywood movie, U.S. intelligence may have pinpointed her exact whereabouts thanks to an Iraqi citizen--who passed a note, apparently written in English by a woman, to a Marine in the area yesterday, NBC reported.

"She's still alive. She's in room [deleted]," the note said, according to the network.

An NBC reporter also said he was approached the same day by an Iraqi who told him in English: "There's a woman in the Saddam Hospital who's an American soldier. Please make sure the people in charge know."

Lynch was "apparently shot several times during the ambush," reports the Post, but she's described as being in "good health."

Compare this courageous young woman's story with that of Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk, a 20-year-old Marine reservist who is seeking "conscientious objector status." Yes, there actually is such a thing, even in the all-volunteer military. According to the Associated Press, Funk claims he joined up because he was in a funk:

"Ultimately, it's my fault for joining in the first place," said Funk, who didn't show up when his unit was deployed to Camp Pendleton. "It wasn't as well thought out as it should've been. It was about me being depressed and wanting direction in life."

Funk, who "said he's attended every major San Francisco Bay area anti-war rally since finishing his military training last fall," adds: "They don't really advertise that they kill people."

The AP dispatch begins by setting the stage, noting that Funk had "his sister carrying his duffel bag and his mother holding his hand." No word whether he was sucking his thumb.

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