Doors keep getting knocked open

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Why does it bother me so much?

I’m talking about something we see on the television every day. It’s the footage showing the war in Iraq. They are different scenes, but often they all show the same thing.

They show: Our soldiers breaking down someone’s door and entering someone’s house.

I think what bothers me is that so many of the doors they break down are very nice looking doors. Doors with carvings. Doors with multi-panes of glass. Decorative metal-and-glass doors.

I don’t see any knocking, no ringing of the doorbell –  although that might have preceded the breaking down of the doors, the camera operators maybe just didn’t show it. The breaking down of the door is more explosive.

I just wish the camera had shown more of the doors before the doors were smashed and fell inside and our troops streamed in.

Because the doors are, after all, entrances. And the people who owned those houses chose doors that were, well, welcoming. In my imagination I can see those doors being opened by the owners and me being welcomed in.

Now, I had been given to understand that our troops would be taking a new tack in Iraq, that they would be coming out of the Green Zone fortress and be becoming a part of the neighborhoods outside.

But I still see on TV those scenes of doors being broken down. Are these old scenes? Taken back before we started the “surge” and the new policy?

Or are we still breaking down doors in Iraq?

I’m afraid we are – because the doors I now see being broken into are unlike the doors I previously saw.

And I wonder. Are there people inside those houses? And what do they do about those doors when our soldiers leave? Are the people who own those homes compensated for the damage done to their doors? That is, if they’re still alive.

Of course, what we see on TV are just examples – we can’t expect the TV camera people to picture every door that was broken into. All the doors being broken into aren’t being broken into for the benefit of a TV cameraman. And, our soldiers do have to take precautions because some have been booby-trapped with IEDs or improvised explosive devices

Yet, it has been asked: Are we ever going to stop breaking down those doors?

Chelle Delaney is associate publisher of the Quay County Sun. She can be reached by calling 461-1952 or by emailing: chelle_delaney@link.freedom.com