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August 12, 2004
NY Sun Tries To Break The Media Blockade

I don't know how I missed this, but while the New York Times has been busy plugging its ears over the Christmas in Cambodia myth, Ira Stoll has been trying to get through the media blockade in the Big Apple. On Wednesday, Stoll ran this editorial in the Sun gently urging Kerry to clear the record and tell the truth:

Mr. Kerry seems to want voters to think he's fit to lead in the current war because he fought in Vietnam. He says the president lied to America about Vietnam, and, similarly, he has accused President Bush of misleading America into war in Iraq. He vowed Friday to "get our troops home where they belong."

It is this connection between the past war and the present one that
makes the issue worth pursuing.Mr. Kerry returned from Vietnam, after all, to join with an anti-war movement that made wildly exaggerated, shameful claims of American war crimes and that described American actions in Southeast Asia as imperialist aggression. Cambodia America secretly invading a supposedly neutral country without democratic authorization was part of those exaggerations and distortions, a new round of which America's efforts in the war on terror are now subject to from a new anti-war movement with its roots in Mr. Kerry's political party.

Mr. Kerry did the right thing in going to Vietnam as a young man. He
fought for a noble cause, and we have seen no evidence so far that his
service there was anything less than honorable. All of which is why his reluctance to clarify the facts on the Cambodia issue is so puzzling, and why the point strikes us as worth pressing.

Bravo to Mr. Stoll, who launched the Sun a couple of years ago after running the Gray Lady watchdog site, smartertimes.com, and writing for the Wall Street Journal for several years. I enjoyed reading his regular contributions at OpinionJournal.com, and I'm glad to see that he steers his paper firmly in the direction of truth.

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