July 5, 2004

Michael Yon: Iraq's Ernie Pyle

The Q

MICHAEL YON CONTINUES to emerge as the single best combat reporter on the ground in Iraq today with items such as "Welcome Aboard"

There's another soldier here from Mexico, Victor Quinonez. Everyone calls him Q. At 23, Q fights like crazy; he's earned his great combat reputation. I joke with Q that he'll either be a top military leader, or in trouble with the law if he doesn't listen to his leaders. And Q always tells me, "Mike, when the shit goes down and the bullets are flying, you stick with me and I'll get you out. Never fear when the Q is here! You've seen me in action. You know I'll get you out. I'm a Mexican, not a Mexican't!"
and the extremely informative and illuminating "Empty Jars:"
The Libyan, like so many "jihadists" who come to Iraq itching for action in the holy war, found himself treated as exspendable bomb casing. He started confessing everything. In fact, he had no sooner sat down at the table in the detention facility here on base than he had filled three pages with detailed handwritten confessions. The Libyan had crossed the border from Syria into Iraq on foot, intent on fighting a holy war, as an infantryman engaged in direct combat with American soldiers. He did not want to be a martyr, merely a jihadist. He did not want to die in Iraq. His Iraqis "hosts" had threatened to kill him if he refused to wear and detonate the explosive vest while mingling into a crowd of Iraqi police. But the Libyan did not like that plan and was angry at the Iraqis who were trying to force a holy jihadist to become an unwilling bomb, and he was telling everything. Another cascade.
Again, it speaks volumes about the mainstream media's inability to cover this war accurately, when one committed journalist with little support and no large media affiliation, is able to produce week in and week out, writing that hasn't been seen since the days of Ernie Pyle . Posted by Vanderleun at July 5, 2004 9:12 AM
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Fantastic reporting. I just finished reading over at Yon's website, and I'm floored. You're not exaggerating when you compare him to Pyle.

Having worked in the belly of the news beast a long time ago, I am amazed by the quality of the reportage, once you leave behind the MSM.

Posted by: Mike Lief at July 30, 2005 10:28 AM

Synchronicity. I just did a post on Michael Yon on 7/29 and sent it to him...got a nice note back saying that donations had allowed him to get a better camera.

I like your comparison to Ernie Pyle but I sure hope he doesn't meet the same fate. The advantage Yon has over Pyle is that he's such an excellent photographer.

My post is here:

A Small Measure of Good

The title is an allusion to a Wallace Stevens' poem. A very distant allusion at that.

This subject -- two posts on Yon -- reminds me of your contemplations on koinonia. That meme is going to spread...it may spread so far that you'll get blogrolled on what's-his-name. I know, it's rude not be able to recall the title of someone else's fondest wish. Was it Powerline? It's awful when you suffer from CRS...Can't Remember S***.

Anyway, maybe koinonia will take you thru the koinonia process (from hatred to dialogue to community)all the way to the goalpost.

Posted by: dymphna at July 31, 2005 12:22 PM

I think Michael Yon is doing some interesting work, however, the "Ernie Pyle" comparisons are fascile at best-- Ernie Pyle never never loaded a weapon and fired it. I.E. he was a JOURNALIST.

Posted by: John at October 10, 2005 5:58 PM