DATE: 11/30/2004 10:01:00 AM
"Deadly November" - That's the headline on MSNBC right now, along with a helpful picture of a funeral. 134 U.S. troops were killed in the month of November, and the media is exploiting it. Every death is a tragedy, but a sense of proportion is sorely needed by those in the news business.
On D-Day, June 4, 1944, we lost 4,500 allied and American troops invading Normandy. 2,500 of those casualties were American. Source: National D-Day Museum.
During the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam, 1,536 U.S. troops were killed in a matter of weeks . Source: Casualties: US vs. NVA/VC.
Wednesday, September 17, 1862, the army of the Union and the army of the Confederacy met near Antietam, Maryland. At the end of the day, over 23,000 men were killed, wounded or missing. Source: National Park Service.
These figures are not intended to minimize the lives lost in Iraq. I post them simply to give some much-needed perspective to the debate over losses in our current war. The media seems unwilling or unable to do it, so once again the blogs have to step in.