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Monday, January 30, 2006

Thank You, Ben Stein

I was just reading about the video of Jill Carrol that has been aired on Al-Jazeera, where she is weeping and appealing "for U.S. and Iraqi authorities to free all women prisoners to help "in winning her release.""

Last night I was doing a search for more news on the Christian Peacemaker members taken hostage last November. I didn't find much new news.

I am so thoroughly disgusted and enraged and horrified by these actions of the people who do such terrible things, not only to the kidnapped victims but to their families as well. It is not only the kidnapped who suffer.

Never mind that they are cowards who won't come out in the open and fight - no, they hide behind the weak and small, using them as shields and weapons to do their evil and dirty work. Or they stand far away in hiding and use a remote to set off a bomb to kill as many as they can.
They are not men - they aren't even human in my opinion.

And then to have someone like Joel Stein come out and write what he did in the LA Times, about not supporting our Troops and why, does nothing good for my blood pressure or mood. I didn't want to write about him because I don't like to give such self serving, elitest pompous claptrap that much attention or my time.

So, I went over to Mudville Gazette to get a breath of fresh air by reading something good to balance out the vast negatives being reported by so many. And this is what I found:

Ben Stein responds to Joel Stein:

"The most heroic, ethically courageous, morally resolute men and women in the world today are the Americans, British, and other forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are fighting the most evil men and women currently on the world scene. The American Army soldier, Marine, Navy sailor, Air Force warrior, and Coast Guardsman fighting in Ramadi or Mosul is fighting men and women who kill children and old people for sport. The men and women of the United States military are fighting the remnants of a regime so evil that it pioneered the use of torture against children -- just for the amusement of Saddam and his family. The men and women whom Joel despises rid the world of a dictator so twisted and murderous that he openly admired Stalin and Hitler and sought to match their level of atrocities. The men and women who wear the uniform fought, bled, and died to rid the world of the most dangerous man on the planet in the most flammable place on the planet. They died to save a slave people from the genocidal control of a mad killer who thought nothing of gassing his own people, of wiping out entire regions, of setting up special rape rooms to allow his henchmen and his sons to rape women at will, who amused himself by pouring gasoline down the throats of totally innocent people and setting them on fire.<...>The man from Iowa or South Carolina, the woman from Mississippi or Idaho or Oregon or New York or California or Washington, D.C. or anywhere in America who leaves the comfort of home to fight against an evil as monstrous as what did happen and what is happening in Iraq are great warriors. But they are something more. They are saints in body armor, men and women of staggering moral virtue in a time and place when those words mean very little in the modern world. Their lives have the most meaning of any lives being lived on this earth right this moment."

There are tears in my eyes as I write this - the tears of a mother of a soldier, the tears of a mother of a daughter, the tears of a friend of a soldier's mother, the tears of a citizen of this country.

Thank you, Ben Stein! Thank you for not being silent ~