The following paragraph is from a letter found on the computer of Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, a Marine who died in Iraq:

Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I’m writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I’m pushing my chances. I don’t regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it’s not to me. I’m here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.

The part in bold is what the New York Times printed in this story. The rest, they chose to leave out.

(Hattip: Michelle Malkin)