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My friends,

Now we are told that [the two American soldiers] had their genitals cut off and stuffed into their mouth. They were beheaded. They were tortured unmercifully while still alive by the disciples of Allah, and I hear no words of outrage from the "left" today. Not a single word from Kennedy, Kerry, Pelosi, Howard Dean or Cindy Sheehan. If they speak at all, it is only to blame our president. Shame on the liberals. Shame on the Democrats. Shame on the MSM (mainstream media).

They were U.S. Marines. They were America's finest. They were slaughtered.

There is a growing chorus coming from the "left" today urging us to close Gitmo. At Gitmo we have detained 432 terrorists. These vermin are the worst scum on the planet. We are at war. Can I say that again? WE ARE AT WAR!

At Gitmo these proud, bloodthirsty, murdering cowards have the following amenities:

  • Air conditioning;

  • three meals per day;

  • they have their Qurans;

  • And, they have an army of ACLU types willing to do their bidding.

At Gitmo they eat better than you and me. Yet, all we hear from the "left" today is that we must close Gitmo because of our abuse of those poor terrorists. Lies and audacity.

Meanwhile, when our enemies detain our troops, America's best and America's bravest get slaughtered in the name of Allah.

Where is the treasonous press today? Why aren't the headlines today filled with rage for this subhuman enemy?

My friends, allow me to share just a shred of truth with you: "Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Said differently? Many in this nation do not deserve the freedom these brave soldiers have provided us. Can you think of another time in history where there was such blindness, hypocrisy and lack of honor?

I am depressed. I am discouraged. I want to fight back. I don't know what to do. I have never felt so uneasy or so helpless. I suppose this letter today is my way of coping with my sadness and anger. Please forgive me.

Will America wake up in time? Will we find the courage to face this enemy and defeat him? If we sleep on, if we continue to give way to the "politically correct," I am afraid we will be overrun and our children will rise up and curse us.

If there was ever a time to pray, perhaps it is in this time.

Semper Fi,  Phil is a retired Marine who is 55 years old. From an old and frustrated jarhead.




Yours For The Keeping

John Gariano USMC 1962/66
Neil Grissom, Wade Hudson, Mac Foster,
"world heavy weight boxing match"

JimTate "Ranger" McCain (
RIP) Brother's for ever.
Some people come into our lives and quickly
go. They leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never ever the same
RIP Vietnam




We all have our own, personal definitions, thoughts, feelings on the meaning and actions that we define as ATROCITIES.  Many of us felt that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 were an example of an atrocity.  Our U.S. Government felt the meaning of atrocity was what Sadaam Hussein and his 'merry men' did by gassing the Kurds, entire cities of them, and left their poor bodies lieing in the dirt streets for animals and vultures to feed off of.  Others define atrocity by the goings on at Guantanamo, others by the situations and circumstances of the Vietnam War.  No matter HOW we each seem to define it, it encludes mass murder, horrendous forms of murder; things we would call or term 'inhumane' to a body, living or dead.


We, just this week, have heard the basics, and I do mean the basics, in information as to the brutality and basic torture endurred by our 2 servicemen who were tortured 'while alive and concious' and at the same time we hear about 7 marines and one navy service personnel who are facing charges for murder of an Iraqi gentleman, who are imprisoned at Camp Pendlton, CA.  These men did not commit atrocities beyond those of the Geneva Convention.


Atrocity?  Atrocity is what those people did to those servicemen while they were still alive and conscious.  Atrocity is what the American Military and American Government is doing in prosecuting our war heroes once they return from the war zone.  WE ARE AT WAR.  You, me, those men are not the one's who declared this damn war.  But, they are the men who proudly and bravely stood forward to fight it on behalf of the man who waged it...PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.  You certainly do not see him going over there, donning a uniform, picking up a weapon, dropping into a foxhole beside them, and walking the walk with them even for a day.  Let's face it, in times of war, stress, under fire, 24/7, heat, extreme cold, mud, rain, sand, dust storms, dirt, dryness, under all kinds and types of stress, things will happen.  People will become ill, yet still they will be forced to function.  Food and water has a way of becoming scarce, so does ammo.  Yet there is nowhere to run, to hide, and you can't even if you want to.  You stay, you improvise, if you can.  You hold on, you wait, you pray the next thing you hear is that ammo truck bringing back up, food, water, whatever it is that your unit needs.


There is not one man, not one woman, who has faced combat, seen a wound or injury, heard mortar fire, gunfire, carbombs, seen, heard, felt, whatever, that is NOT affected by it.  That's called PTSD.  There is no getting away from it.  You will hear something, see something, feel something again in your lifetime that will bring one of those memories rushing back in full force as if they are right there in that horrible situation again.  Their stomach will do a flipflop, their heart will race, they'll break out in a sweat, they may scream, cry, they may hit the ground, they might grab you and take you with them; but they will definitely react just as if it were happening again; right that very second, right back 'over there'.  And their suffering will be as real as the first time.  And quite possibly, even worse.


Stuff happens during war, none of it is pretty.  Are their mistakes?  Sure.  Are there regrets?  Sure.  But I'm gonna tell you, I'd rather be safe than sorry.  I would feel ashamed and sorry for the innocent life lost, it would haunt me forever; but, as was with Vietnam and again in Iraq, you cannot tell friend from foe.  So what do we expect our men and women to do?  Die?  Or go by instinct and live and save the lives of those others around them?  YOU tell ME?  Are they GUILTY?  I don't think so.  IF there is guilt to be placed, then the guilt must go to the man who proclaimed this war, or the men/women who trained these men/women who didn't do a good enough job to prevent this sort of event from happening, if it could have been prevented.  As many of us know, the Military and Government haven't been releasing much information to the American people about this particular incident.  Even though, I feel it's something we have a RIGHT as well as a DUTY to know the particulars about.


Yet, on many of the websites and forums where this SHOULD BE the news of hour and the news of the upcoming days and months, in the support of our troops as returning heroes are being treated by being improperly charged, sitting in brigs, being denied their human rights, legal rights, moral rights, where we have veterans who need to UNITE together to face the VA together and conquor the challenges and WIN as UNITED Veterans for the sake of not one, but of them ALL, we have places like Rick Townsend's Firebase Network and Jere Beery's Firebase and Gene D. Simes Operation Firing for Effect and others like it slinging mud, arguing, trying to merely unite others to destroy others when there is much work to be done.


Yes, we are at war.


We are at war in Afghanistan and Iraq and we are at WAR INSIDE OUR NATION TOO.  We will surely and certainly lose this war inside America until and til IF AMERICAN'S can cease and desist attacking one another and attack the subjects, rulings, guidelines, laws, etc. that are being forced down the throats of American People.  Does ANYONE remember, WE THE PEOPLE? 


Just my 2 cents.  And yes, I know, by many, my 2 cents isn't worth $0 zip to some.  That merely means that those people don't have zip for overlooking their prejudices at the real, big picture.  That's what it's going to take to get back on focus.  Unification of the people, for the people.  ALL PEOPLE.


God Bless America.


Thank You.

Diane M. Weller



WELL SAID,,, WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!
& Thanks for SAYING what most people of Common Sense ARE THINKING !!!!


Hi Diane,
As one who served at the aftermath of the ATROCITY at "Ground Zero" in NYC, I was totally with you... up until the point you started bashing the President.
I respectfully ask you to please remove me from your email list.
On HIS Shift,
Chaplain Skip Straus, NREMT-P
Founder/Executive Director
Emergency Ministries
Member - American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress


I'm sorry Chaplain, I don't MEAN to bash our President, but when you take the WHOLE into consideration, one decision for war was made by one man, declared by that man, and he just so happened to be our President.  That's the fact of how it went.  We cannot change that fact even if we want to now.  It's a part of history now.  Good or bad, it's all people's personal opinion now, all hindsite, all 20/20 NOW, which is easier now that we see what has/is ocurring.  It was HIS judgement.  What would any ONE of us done standing in his same shoes?  I don't honestly know! Jesus and God are the ones that make the judgements sir; I do not.  Do and can I feel anger that the decision was made?  Yes, I have that right.  I have two children fighting this war; I fear for their lives like any other mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, family member, friend, etc.  I gave birth to them, from my body they came forth to this world.  God's greatest and most precious and blessed gifts.  Do I get to stand in judgement of other human  And I don't want to take nor have that responsibility.  But I can agree with them or disagree with them and/or their actions.  Like I said, easier with hindsite.  Would I want to have been standing in his shoes?  Hell NO!
Remember Sir, it was NOT the Sadaam Hussein and the Al Quada that attacked our WTC Towers that fatefilled, horrendous day; it was NOT Sadaam and the Al Quada that hijacked those aircraft.
That is one of my biggest fears!  History will be written WRONG.  Memories had already begun to fade as far as to WHO really was responsible for that awful day in our history.  When we have to face facts Sir, we don't often LIKE the facts we have to see.  Still, we have to see the facts as they play out before us.
I will respect your wishes sir, nonetheless.
Please, continue to watch over, tend to the souls and spirits of our beloved troops.  It is them, first and foremost, now and always.  Please pray for the families of the two soldiers who had their eyes cut out and their genitals removed, stuck in their mouths, and beheaded all while they were concious and alive.  I don't know if I were the mother of one of those soldiers how I could deal with THAT atrocity.


American Troops In Shackles
By: Michelle Malkin
June 14, 2006
Did you know there are seven young Marines and a Navy corpsman sitting in a military brig right now in leg and wrist shackles -- despite the fact that they've not been charged with any crime?
The men are in solitary confinement, locked in 8'x8' cells at San Diego's Camp Pendleton, as investigators probe an April 26 incident involving the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. They are behind bars 23 hours a day; family members can only see them through inch-thick Plexiglas. Military blabbermouths have told the press that the service members are suspected of kidnapping and shooting a man in the Iraqi town of Hamdaniya. The Iraqi man's family reportedly came forward seeking payment for his death as media hysteria set in over the separate alleged atrocity in Haditha.
These men -- our men -- may be innocent. They may be guilty. Charges may or may not be filed this week. But this much is certain: The media leaks and the Murtha-fication of the case are already taking a heavy toll on the troops and their families. The headlines have already convicted them: "Iraqi's Slaying Planned By Marines, Official Says." "Marines Planned to Kill Iraqi Civilian, Then Planted Evidence."
The national media ignored a protest by supporters outside Camp Pendleton over the weekend. "I want the Marines to know that they are not forgotten, that people are out here thinking of them," said one attendee. The father of one of the men in custody, Pfc. John J. Jodka, worried: "It appears to me that this is the reaction of some senior people to show 'We're in charge; we're cleaning up our act.'"
Not a peep heard yet from the American Civil Liberties Union. The website of the self-anointed crusaders for individual rights contains hundreds of articles on the rights of al Qaeda suspects and an indignant press release on the suicides of Guantanamo Bay detainees. But no mention of the Camp Pendleton Eight. For their part, human rights groups were too busy shedding tears for the Gitmo terrorist suicide squad and lionizing them as "heroes" in the words of William Goodman of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Editorial cartoonists have been preoccupied desecrating the Marine Corps logo and tarring troops as baby-killers.
A clarion voice stepped into the fray this week to push back against the global rush to judgment against our troops. Ilario Pantano, a Desert Storm vet-turned-Wall Street banker and new media entrepreneur-turned-reenlisted Marine from Hell's Kitchen, launched his gripping book "Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" this week, which recounts his harrowing ordeal as a Marine smeared and cleared. Last spring, he faced the death penalty for defending himself and his men in the heat of battle and killing two Iraqi insurgents. He was accused then, as Marines are being accused now, of wantonly executing Iraqis to send a message. His family and friends' defense of Pantano was met, as those of Marines are being met now, with incredulity or apathy.
There were no pleas to withhold judgment against Pantano from the New York Times then. No Oprah sit-downs now with the wives and children of accused troops.
As an agitated, condescending Ann Curry of NBC's "Today Show" tried to paint Pantano Monday as a callous thug, he replied with quiet dignity: "I don't think it's helpful to national security to have this kind of self-flagellation before the facts are actually disclosed."
Innocent until proven guilty? Justice for all? Benefit of the doubt? These are apparently foreign concepts when it comes to Americans in uniform being held on American soil. Perhaps if our troops proclaimed themselves "conscientious objectors" and converted to Islam, they might start getting some sympathy.

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