Distinguished service

April 30, 2008

If you’re like me, that last post about Hamas-Nazis and their lies about the Holocaust probably left a sour taste in your mouth. So, as a palate cleanser, let me offer the amazing story of Green Beret Master Sgt. Brendan O’Connor, who today received the Distinguished Service Cross for exceptional bravery under fire from the Taliban in Afghanistan:

As the Taliban machine-gunners zeroed in, Master Sgt. Brendan O’Connor pressed himself into the dirt.

Then he did something that the manuals don’t teach: O’Connor shucked his body armor to make himself a smaller target for the gunners. Small enough to crawl 200 feet in a shallow ditch to the aid of wounded soldiers.

O’Connor says he did it because it was a job that needed to be done. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero.

But his superiors disagree. They say that his courage stood out on a day when many members of a Fort Bragg-based Special Forces unit showed extraordinary bravery.

Four of the soldiers have already been awarded the Silver Star for valor. That’s the Army’s third-highest award.

O’Connor is to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in a ceremony planned for April 30. Only the Medal of Honor ranks higher in recognition of courage in combat.

“Sergeant O’Connor’s extraordinary actions, performed at tremendous risk of life, successfully rescued two wounded comrades, saved the lives of 21 American soldiers and prevented his detachment’s destruction,” said Capt. Chris Augustine, a spokesman for the 7th Special Forces Group.

You can read the whole story here. If it doesn’t have your jaw dropping at least once, you’re not human. You can see video of today’s ceremony here, including his wife, who would probably kill him for being so foolhardy if she weren’t so glad to have him home. But don’t bother looking for this story in the major media; they’re not interested in uplifting stories from the war zone, which don’t fit their predetermined narrative of failure. Neither the Los Angeles Times nor The New York Times bothers with Sgt. O’Connor’s story, while the Washington Post carries the perfunctory AP wire story. A search of LexisNexis turns up just the AP article. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am disappointed.

But, enough of that. Master Sergeant O’Connor received a well-deserved reward, and his actions remind us that real heroes are often everyday people like us, the folks next door. They don’t make millions to throw a ball down-field or say a few lines in a movie, but they are terribly underpaid to put their lives on the line each and every day. I’m not ashamed to say I stand in awe of people like Brendan O’Connor.

Congratulations and welcome home, Sergeant O’Connor. This one’s for you: thumbs_up beer

 


But, of course!

April 30, 2008

Hey, kids! Did you know that the Jews planned the Holocaust so they could get rid of handicapped Jews? No? Then you must not be a regular watcher of Palestinian TV:

 

 

This is obscene on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s the monstrous distortion of the Holocaust itself, one of the great disasters of Human history. To argue with a straight face that Jewish leaders staged the massacre of their own people gain world sympathy and as part of some monstrous eugenics program boggles the mind. Then again, given the Nazi eugenics programs and the influence of Nazi ideology on modern Arab-Islamic society, perhaps we should be disgusted rather than surprised. This garbage, after all, is the predictable product of a death society.

My first reaction is that the  Palestinians can go rot, for all I care. But, the proper response in our modern world is to give them lots of money, a state of their own, and have a former US President visit their murderous leader.

Just amazing.

(hat tips: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav)