Cultural Revolutions

Women in Combat

Two women marines and a female Navy petty officer were killed, and eleven were wounded, when their convoy was ambushed on the night of June 23 in Fallujah.  The Pentagon took several days to confirm the casualties, and media coverage was thin.  If Americans took note of the tragedy at all, it was not to recoil (at last) at the horror of mothers, wives, and daughters dying on the battlefield.  On the contrary, the single bloodiest day for American women in the Iraq war (the deadliest for American women in uniform since a kamikaze claimed the lives of six nurses aboard the U.S.S. Comfort in 1945) moved us one step closer to accepting women in combat as routine.  Nearly 50 female American soldiers and Marines have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Over 300 have been wounded.  At least ten American children have lost their mothers to the war.  Contrast these figures with the total number of American female war dead during the entire Vietnam War: eight nurses.

Courageous journalists such as Brian Mitchell and organizations such as the Center For Military Readiness have presented enough evidence to choke an elephant that women are not equal to the rigors of combat and that further sexual integration of the Armed Forces will undermine our national defense.  Their arguments are ignored by feminists, who, rather than confront the reality that the Armed Forces use softer physical-fitness standards...

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