Jeff Poor of Media Research’s Media and Business Institute reports that some Iwo Jima veterans are none too pleased with Time Magazine’s altering of the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising image to promote ‘global warming awareness':
For only the second time in 85 years, Time magazine abandoned the traditional red border it uses on its cover. The occasion â€“ to push more global warming alarmism.
The cover of the April 21 issue of Time took the famous Iwo Jima photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the Marines raising the American flag and replaced the flag with a tree. The cover story by Bryan Walsh calls green “the new red, white and blue.”
Donald Mates, an Iwo Jima veteran, told the Business & Media Institute on April 17 that using that photograph for that cause was a “disgrace.”
“It’s an absolute disgrace” Mates said. “Whoever did it is going to hell. That’s a mortal sin. God forbid he runs into a Marine that was an Iwo Jima survivor.”
Mates also said making the comparison of World War II to global warming was erroneous and disrespectful.
“The second world war we knew was there” Mates said. “There’s a big discussion. Some say there is global warming, some say there isn’t. And to stick a tree in place of a flag on the Iwo Jima picture is just sacrilegious.”
According to the American Veterans Center (AVC), Mates served in the 3rd Marine Division and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, landing on Feb. 24, 1945.
Lt. John Keith Wells, the leader of the platoon that raised the flags on Mt. Suribachi and co-author of “Give Me Fifty Marines Not Afraid to Die: Iwo Jima” wasn’t impressed with Time’s efforts.
“That global warming is the biggest joke I’ve ever known” Wells told the Business & Media Institute. “[W]e’ll stick a dadgum tree up somebody’s rear if they want that and think that’s going to cure something.”
Here’s the cover:
How about that? It’s as imperative to our survival to combat so-called ‘manmade’ global warming as it was to extinguish Nazism. I had no idea …
Update: Brian at Liberty Pundit asks the question of the day as it relates to the Time magazine cover: So Liberals Are Suddenly OK With Fighting A War Based On Lies And Phony Evidence?