October 24, 2017

Brave Men Who Work While Others Sleep

It didn’t take long. Wrong Way Parker’s run last week is no longer just an omen. The Twitter/Facebook Revolution in the Middle East is collapsing in on itself like our embassy walls. One of the dead Americans in Libya was a State Department information officer observing the aftermath of this “Twitter Revolution” at the consulate in Benghazi. Two ex-Navy SEALs were also killed, along with the ambassador.

The Navy SEAL “Mark Owen” was on his thirteenth combat deployment when bin Laden was killed. He wrote very little about his personal life to protect himself and his family. He grew up in Alaska and there’s a you betcha tone to the writing. He went to a Christian college in California and joined the Navy. Then he went to war and didn’t stop until bin Laden was dead. The Pentagon doesn’t like him writing a book without their permission. The reason for why he didn’t go through the usual process is hard to ascertain. He criticizes the politics of men, including some officers and admirals, who take credit for dangerous missions and use it for promotions while they are far removed from the danger. It’s no easy day out there for the front line worker.

While this Navy SEAL went to a Christian college, one of the ex-SEALs killed in Benghazi was an enthusiastic member of Military Religious Freedom Foundation. After Glen Doherty’s death was announced, the foundation posted this statement on their website:

“Glen Doherty was killed at the age of 42 in an armed Salafi-Jihadist assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Glen was one of the first MRFF Advisory Board members and was a passionate core contributor to the fight to prevent a fundamentalist Christian coup within the United States Armed Forces. Glen lived and died believing in the righteous cause of religious tolerance and dialogue among all peoples and faiths around the globe. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation offers its most sincere condolences to Glen Doherty’s family.”

He probably died believing they needed more security. There’s already enough paranoia. Writing about coups in the military is an insult and makes the people in charge of this foundation as small as the fringe pastor in Florida.

Ralph Waldo Emerson asks inA Nation’s Strength:

What makes a nation’s pillars high
And its foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

Emerson answers:

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly…
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

There’s an Islamic Center near me. It has a big swingset on the front lawn and nice cars in the parking lot. I’ve never seen anyone protest. There weren’t any signs of anger about some loony video on YouTube. So why not? This so called film was made here in America, a nation of immigrants and refugees.

Franklin Roosevelt finishes his radio address to the nation as the Allied invasion of Normandy has begun…

“For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and for tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home…. fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas….whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them…. help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice….

Thy will be done, Almighty God….. Amen”

I thought someone was playing a joke when the story circulated about the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs calling the pastor in Florida, groveling for him to please stop supporting the anti-Muslim film. The story became a bigger joke when I realized it was true. I think this may be one of the reasons why “Mark Owen” declined to go through the usual Defense Department approval process.

After all the time and money that went into hunting bin Laden, only the courier tried to fight the men who came to kill his leader. Not only did his leader surrender his life without a shot, he did so with weapons that were unloaded.  The young CIA analyst credited with helping find bin Laden sobbed while “Mark Owen” looked on in disbelief. He comments about her expensive high heels and also being far removed from the front lines. His other missions were actually more dangerous. They work the night shift on these missions, requiring sleeping pills to put them down for brief periods of rest. He is very generous in giving credit to everyone who put their lives in danger through these long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I think the Defense Department and CIA are upset because he called their political bluff. Their Hollywood production is coming out next year, just in time probably for the Main Event.

“Zero Dark Thirty” is scheduled for a December release after the film was moved back from October.

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