Navy heroes to be put on trial
by Frank Miele
Dec. 7: “A date which will live in infamy.”Those words were spoken 68 years ago by the commander in chief after the United States suffered a terrible blow when the Japanese launched a sneak attack against Pearl Harbor. We should certainly remember that date this year, and honor those Americans who lost their lives then, as well as the heroic soldiers who brought victory four years later over both Japan and Germany in World War II.But there is another reason to mourn on Dec. 7 this year, and it does not demean the sacrifice of the 2,402 dead from the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 to conclude that Dec. 7, 2009, is also a date that should live in infamy.It is on that date, this Monday, when three U.S. Navy Seals are scheduled to be arraigned in a court-martial, apparently at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., for the alleged crime of punching a terrorist in the face when taking him into custody in September.And not just any terrorist either, but one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.Ahmed Hashim Abed was the mastermind of the terrorist attack on four Blackwater USA security guards who were ambushed while transporting catering supplies in Fallujah, Iraq, and then killed by gunfire and grenades. The true atrocity was that their bodies were then burned and dragged through the city. Finally, two of the mutilated bodies were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River for the press to photograph.
From the Daily Interlake in Northwest Montana via Lucianne.com