I am getting tired of people who seem to be more concerned about the rights of violent criminals and terrorists, than the health and well-being of their victims and innocent citizens. This is nothing new. It has been going on for decades, only it is getting worse. Unless you, as a good citizen speak up, things will continue to deteriorate.
I have seen enough of it in my twenty some odd years in federal law enforcement, and I have had my fill. I will no longer sit silently by, and read about how these people (criminals and terrorists) use our laws to further their cause.
The most recent event involves a terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed (herein; murdering coward), who was was allegedly the mastermind behind the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater security guards. A Navy SEAL team was dispatched to apprehend him. At great peril to themselves, these brave young servicemen went into hostile territory and took him in alive. Considering the fate of the Blackwater employees, I am amazed that these Navy SEALS had enough restraint to bring this murdering coward in alive. At some point one of the YOUNG Navy SEALS punched the prisoner. ( I don’t know why he punched the murdering coward, but obviously this offended someone’s sense of what is right. Allegedly, another serviceman made a complaint to his superior.) Personally, I am not shocked or offended by the fact that this YOUNG Navy SEAL punched the murdering coward, whether he was restrained or not. I am very shocked, and offended, that this matter went any further than being a simple lecture, by a superior officer explaining how some people might feel that punching a murdering coward, might seem like harsh punishment to some individuals. To raise it to any other level makes a mockery out of the military. (We, as a country, have seen more terrorist actions in the last decade, and expect our military, and our government take appropriate action. Do not forget how many America lives were lost on September 11, 2001! Had the prior administrations, not listened to government attorneys, and taken decisive action in the 80’s and 90’s, there might not have been the terrorist attacks of 9-11. But they were concerned about public opinion and whether or not the U.S. Government should be part of an assassination on foreign soil.)
Now the Navy SEAL, and others, are facing charges stemming from the “punching” of the murdering coward. The charges are for dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault. If this is the type of message we want to send to our YOUNG warriors, who put their lives on the line for us everyday, then GOD HELP US. To add insult, to injury, there is the real possibility the prosecution might call upon the murdering coward to testify. Would you trust anything that individual would say? I would trust him to say anything that could help him undermine our country, and harm our heros.
Below is a copy of an e-mail I received from a close friend.
It would be interesting to create a poll with these two photos and have people guess what’s happening.
I suspect that most would never assume anything close to the real story. It appears to be a joyous homecoming, a reuniting of mother and son. The truth is not so heart warming. The lady in the picture is the mother of an American that was ambushed in Fallujah , Iraq. Her son was murdered. His body was dragged around in the streets of the city, then burned and hung from the upper trusses of a bridge. The murderers gathered to celebrate and have their photos taken with the trophy.
The young sailor in the picture is one of the Navy SEALs that later captured the leader of the band of terrorist butchers and brought him to justice.
If the story ended there, it would still be an acceptable feel-good, good-guys-win story. Unfortunately, that’s not the case – this Navy SEAL is facing criminal charges.
Because, somewhere along the timeline of his capture, the terrorist murderer suffered a school-yard fat lip, his captors are now being charged with nothing short of war crimes and facing discharge and imprisonment.
So, instead of celebration of justice served and heroes honored, these photos record betrayal, compounded mourning and the effects of a corrupting sickness.
From WAVY.com: SEALs assault case goes to court NORFOLK, Va. – “It’s been very stressful,” said Navy SEAL Mathew McCabe, 24, moments after his arraignment in military court at Naval Station Norfolk Monday on charges that he allegedly mistreated an Iraqi detainee.
The mother of slain Blackwater guard Jerry Zovko drove from Ohio to give each of the accused SEALs a blessed rosary and lend them her support. “These young SEALs are in this situation because they caught the mastermind behind the death of my son, and not only my son and his co-workers but also the marines who went into Fallujah after their death,” said Donna Zovko. “I am very proud of these young SEALs and thankful to them. They did not do anything wrong.”
May I ramble a bit? Think out loud, so to speak? I’m trying to make some sense of this. What title can I give to the mentality of a people that send their best to defend the whole and then betray them?
To what shall I attribute the attitude of a people that habitually prosecute their heroes while defending their enemies? What creates a culture that allows people to vilify and isolate their most noble and deify their most corrupt?
I perceive more symptoms of a sickness, a corruption of the nation’s heart and soul. I am tempted to label it ‘liberalism’ or ‘progressivism’, but those too are just symptoms of the infection. But this is nothing new, I recognized these symptoms four decades ago in the shameful treatment of our warriors returning from Vietnam, in the acceptance of Marines bombed in Beirut, in the ho-hum yawn of media coverage of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), in the return to mental numbness after 9/11, prosecution of the Marines of Hadith, assault of recruiters across the country, anti-war protesters at the gates of Walter Reed Army Hospital……
This sickness, this infection has gone untreated for far too long. Americans are a tolerant bunch. We’ve patiently waited for the ingrates among us to grow up and develop a sense of pride and awe in the greatness of America. It’s not happening.
I’m tired of waiting. I’m fresh out of tolerance. There comes a time when the treatment for an infection cannot be postponed any longer, lest the patient die. Through history how many nations have habitually betrayed their defenders and survived?
For more information see: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,576646,00.html
Donald A. Bambenek II, Bambenek Investigative Group