Continuing on from the point in the novel mentioned in a previous post I came across a much different scene in the book.
In this one the wounded Union soldiers have been evacuated to Mound City, IL where they are in a military hospital.
The scene revolves around a visit by a couple of U.S. Senators on a fact finding mission.
The first testimony they elicit is from a black soldier about the behavior of Confederates after the fall of Fort Pillow.
The soldier mentions the murder of unarmed black soldiers by Confederates but also mentions Confederate officers trying to halt the murder.
He is told in no uncertain terms that the visitors don't want to hear anything at all about Confederates trying to prevent butchery. The message is understood by the rest of the soldiers and no one else offers up testimony that mentions anyone attempting to stop the slaughter of unarmed men.
What this brings to mind for me is the way the mainstream media behaves today as opposed to how they behaved in times past.
Can you imagine winning WWII if the U.S. press had not mentioned German and Japanese atrocities? If they had played up or even invented atrocities committed by U.S. forces?
Can you imagine the result of the Civil War if Union atrocities were played up in the northern press and Confederate atrocities allowed to slide under the radar?
Today we have a media which completely ignores atrocities committed by Muslims, unless those Muslims are supposed allies of the U.S. "Palestinians" or Lebanese rockets landing in Israel is glossed over. Israel targeting true military targets are portrayed as war mongers.
No one in the U.S. has avoided hearing of Abu Gharaib. Yet how many mentions in the mainstream press exist about the slaughter of Iraqi civilians, many children, by the "insurgents"? Michael Yon is the lone voice in the wilderness telling the truth while tales of wholesale destruction and atrocity by U.S. forces or those aligned with them get reported ad nauseum.
The United States is being handicapped in the war against Islamic fascists by our own media and the Democrat party, their political allies.
I would have no issue with the mainstream media if it deal with atrocities from both sides equally. Instead the forces of the Muslim horde are given a free pass to murder, rape, loot, steal and shit in the living room while forces of Israel and the U.S. are humiliated, denigrated and sabotaged at every turn, even when they remember to say "please" and "thank you" when exchanging bullets with armed terrorists.
There is no fair and balanced view. Not on Fox. Not on PBS. Not on CNN.
And even if our side did lead the race to commit atrocities do you know what?
I don't care.
They are OUR side and I want them to WIN. Loosing isn't optional. It won't mean a small inconvenience, it will mean continued war against a people that seek to destroy and/or enslave my nation.
If we have to beat them by being nastier sons of bitches than the people we are fighting then so be it.