Saturday, March 27, 2010

Navy Seals Prosecution

[Original sender John Anderson with photos]
U S Navy SEALS, world class warriors and athletes, are being prosecuted by the suits in Washington as war criminals because some terrorist got a fat lip during an altercation while he was being arrested. SEALS usually go in and kill everybody and everything, it's what they do, but they CAPTURED a terrorist, alive, and are now facing long prison terms because the guy got injured (bruised lip) during the arrest. This new PC administration is surely headed us down the path to defeat by demoralizing the young men and women that are tasked with protecting us. An American hero is being forced to defend himself in court for doing the job he was trained (and tasked) to do. What has our military come to? Some thought Bill Clinton had set an unbeatable record for running good people out of the military, but with the Rules of Engagement in place today and the attitude of political correctness that has become commonplace today, a person would have to be crazy to consider a military career. It seems that the Democrats, who would never lower themselves to serve, see the military as some sort of lower class citizens.

Symptoms of Corrupting Sickness

It would be interesting to create a poll with these two photos and have people guess what's happening. 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.

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 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."

Try to make some sense of this. What title can be given to the mentality of a people that send their best to defend the whole and then betray them? To what can you 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?

There are 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. This is nothing new, it was 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 Haditha, 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.

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?

Photos of a hundred or more others at Gate 5 of the Norfolk Naval Base to demonstrate support for Navy SEAL Mathew McCabe.
Above: I met the SEAL's father, Marty McCabe.

After the arraignment hearings,
McCabe came out to meet his supporters.
Above: McCabe and Jim Deihl, Gathering of Eagles
Thank you, Mathew McCabe, for your service to our country!
Character is doing the right thing when no one is looking.

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson

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