I can remember 15 years ago when there was real, serious debate about women in the military–particularly in combat units. But we were assured that women would not be put in harm’s way, kept in support roles far away from danger. So the frog in the pot kept quiet while the water slowly warmed. Fast-forward to 2005. 240 female soldiers had been injured in Iraq and 33 killed–a “record number,” according to the U.S. Military. So there was a flurry of inquiries and news reports lamenting this trend. Five years later, a total of 111 women have been killed in combat, but it appears the frog has boiled to death in that pot, as this story barely makes single-column, back page news–a mere blip on the radar screen:
Most Americans, and even members of the media, are not aware that 111 brave servicewomen have died in the War on Terrorism. With few exceptions, news stories about their tragic deaths usually appear only in the military press, or in small hometown newspaper stories and television accounts that rarely capture national attention….. Heartbroken family members have expressed indescribable grief and great pride in their daughters, which is universally shared by a grateful nation. It is always when soldiers die, but losses of women in this war are unprecedented in modern history. According to Army Times, 7,000 women served in Vietnam, but only 16 were killed, most of them nurses. In the first Persian Gulf War, 33,000 women were deployed, but only 6 perished due to scud missile explosions or accidents. (Nov. 24, 2003)
Some have argued that the women who have died are no different than the men. But deliberate exposure of women to combat violence in war is tantamount to acceptance of violence against women in general. As a nation we must consider the long-term implications of this cultural shift, which many see as a setback for our values and civilization. (Read the rest HERE.)
Now comes the news that the U.S. Navy will be putting women into submarines. The story appeared with no fanfare and was carried in very few major news sources. Writes Michael Farady of The Washington Times:
Unless Congress intercedes, the U.S. Navy plans to station women on submarines. The change in policy was announced with no fanfare and has stirred almost no debate. Won’t some wizened old salt please speak out? No? OK, then I’ll take the plunge…. The reason the Navy is going down this ill-advised path is political correctness. Officers know that speaking out against PC nonsense is career suicide. So only a few (usually disgruntled malcontents with one foot out the door) even contemplate raising the appropriate questions. (Read the rest HERE.)
I’ve written about women in the military before, as have many Christian pastors and authors. But it seems the frog in that pot really is dead, as (apparently) the vast majority of Americans simply yawn and turn the page. Where is the outrage over this violence against women? We truly live in schizophrenic times. On the one hand, we’re supposed to protect women and prosecute the men who harm them to the fullest extend of the law. On the other hand, we’re supposed to shove women into combat and look the other way when they come back maimed or in a flag-draped coffin. God help us.