Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Not Seen In The New York Times

Last week, Michelle Malkin posted about something that the NY Times did not print. In a story about the "2000 dead in Iraq milestone", the Times printed an excerpt from a letter written by Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, a Marine who was killed in Iraq. This letter was found on his computer after his death. This is what the newspaper printed:
Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. ''I kind of predicted this,'' Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. ''A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances.''
Here is a more complete quote, which shows what the NY Times omitted:
He wrote: "Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."
Michelle Malkin updates the story here.