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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Bribed, bought, coerced, or extorted?

Related news article here.  Reuters' caption for this photo: 

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (L) pins a bronze star medal onto Macedonian Staff Sgt. Stojance Patarovski during a ceremony at the Macedonian Ministry of Defense in Skopje, Macedonia, October 11, 2004. Rumsfeld presented three Macedonian troops with medals for their service in Iraq. Patarovski was cited for his actions on June 19, 2003 that prevented enemy reinforcement that saved American lives.

So if it's your American son or daughter whose life has been saved by this warrior — a warrior whose flag you almost surely wouldn't recognize, and whose country you may not even be able to point to on the map, but who likely grew up amidst the terror of government sponsored ethnic cleansing — would this be a "so-called, phony" hero?  After all, he's now wearing a medal just like the one for which John Kerry threw his corresponding service ribbon over the Capitol fence in 1971.  Does he look bought?  Is that medal a bribe? 

Or is it instead something that his wife will bring out of a cherished place show to their grandchildren someday?  Is it something that she'll explain was a sacred symbol of appreciation from the powerful country whose soldiers their granddaddy fought beside, whose very mortal sons and daughters he risked his life to save?  Will she explain how their granddaddy fought for civilization, against barbarism, and for the honor of their new country as it sought to take a place among the world's peaceful and responsible civilized nations?

We can but guess, of course.  Maybe at the moment this picture was snapped, Stojance Patarovski was thinking, "Wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time."  Maybe he was thinking, "I'm glad nobody asked me to be the last man to die for a mistake."  Maybe he was thinking, "Those guys who were shooting at me sure were a nuisance."

Or maybe he's thinking about his grandsons and granddaughters yet to be born, and what still must be done to build a world in which they can grow up safely.  What do you think?  If you think Sen. Kerry's right about this man, would you have the guts to tell Stojance Patarovski that to his face?

And how about this man:

Reuters' caption:

Captain Lim Ho-jin, a member of the South Korean Air Force to be sent to Iraq, meets his son during a send-off ceremony at the Seoul air base, October 11, 2004. About 150 members of the air force with C-130H transport planes will be deployed in Kuwait to help the reconstruction of Iraq.

What would you tell Captain Lim Ho-jin's son — that his daddy has been bribed, bought, coerced, or extorted?  Or that his daddy is a hero?

Posted by Beldar at 03:16 PM in Global War on Terror, Politics (2006 & earlier) | Permalink


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(1) Voice of Reason made the following comment | Oct 16, 2004 4:02:13 PM | Permalink

I'm turning into your biggest fanboy, Beldar. Another excellent post.

(2) low26 made the following comment | Oct 16, 2004 4:11:59 PM | Permalink

Well said, Kerry demeans our allies constantly,he has no appreciation of them at all, but of course he can do better he has a plan, a plan, a plan. Kerry's view of foreign policy is that of appeasement and of terror being a nuisance. No coalition is good enough for Kerry as he proved to us by his NO vote in the first gulf war, a war that had a large international coalition. Well done article Beldar, it was a pleasure to read.

(3) Chap made the following comment | Oct 16, 2004 5:17:47 PM | Permalink

Beautifully done. It's important to recognize the people who consciously choose to make the difference.

And it sure makes it hard to snipe at those people without looking cheap and sleazy.

(4) Al Superczynski made the following comment | Oct 16, 2004 6:11:28 PM | Permalink

How would these men, and their countries, view a Kerry victory? Would they wonder about a nation that would have rejected its wartime commander-in-chief in favor of an anti-military pacifist? Would they be willing to continue in a coalition led by such a man?

Kerry absolutely *must* be defeated. For many reasons, not the least of which is to preserve the Coalition that already exists.

(5) Tomas J. Nally made the following comment | Oct 17, 2004 9:21:12 AM | Permalink

Excellent post, Beldar. For poignant observations such as this, you are authorized to drink "mass quantities" of beer and eat "animal and/or vegetable matter between two starched plains".

---Tom Nally, New Orleans

(6) Birkel made the following comment | Oct 17, 2004 2:02:27 PM | Permalink

How in the heck does the Trackback function work? I linked to this and other posts here and never show up in the trackbacks. Any idea Beldar?

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