by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
So The Blaze reporter Jason Buttrill, a former Marine Sergeant and intelligence analyst, has walked back his comments on Twitter regarding his attack on Isis in Iraq with a high powered rifle. We believe this is unfortunate.
On November 8, Buttrill, who was working on assignment in Northern Iraq, took up arms against the Isis terrorists and fired five or six shots through what looked like a PSL or Draganov-style rifle. Buttrill was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga at the time. He blasted out a picture of himself doing so, with Peshmerga looking on.
Today it seems Buttrill, under pressure from other journalists who feel his actions have endangered other reporters who many come to harm working in areas of conflict, has caved to the pressure and apologized.
I regret my earlier tweet about firing shots at ISIS. I spent many more years in the armed forces than I have as a member of a media organization. I failed to appreciate that my actions could put the lives of combat journalists at greater risk. For that,I am truly sorry. As a former Marine, I am hardwired to want to shoot at the bad guys. As a member of a media organization, I should have known better. I do now. In the future, I’ll leave the shooting to the combatants.
While we don’t have any reason to believe Buttrill’s apology is not sincere, we believe it is unnecessary. In a normal world, combat journalists could enjoy a feeling of a relative degree of safety reporting on conflict because established nations understand that the reporter is just doing a job and not taking sides. But dictators have never respected journalists who report the truth about what they are doing and terrorists certainly don’t. This feeling of relative safety is a lie and journalists should grow up and accept the reality that they are taking their own risks when covering war.
When terrorists murder children, rape women, behead aging archaeologists, journalists, burn people, drown people in cages, and place photos and video of their atrocities on the Internet for the world to see, they become the enemy of all of us. In a freedom loving world, men of character cannot sit by and watch evil men continue to commit their vile acts, they must respond.
Edmund Burke, the famous English legislator, is quoted as saying, “All that evil needs to flourish is for good men to do nothing!”
“All that evil needs to flourish is for good men to do nothing!” -Edmund Burke
We believe that Buttrill is a man of character, acting in defense of us all against vile terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. Brave Iraqis and Kurdish Peshmerga are in this fight to destroy this evil, once and for all. It is only natural that a real man like Buttrill would want to help and become a part of history.
The Blaze boss and media entrepreneur Glenn Beck has recalled Buttrill and suspended him from further field assignments according to a statement he released. We believe this is also unfortunate. I for one would like to see Beck’s listeners and fans to petition Beck on Buttrill’s behalf and demand that he not be punished for something we all secretly want to do ourselves.