A lot of times I see stories in the news and comments made about them and just do the virtual “walk-by” because the comments are so ludicrous. This one I could not though. Warning --- there is some very derogatory comments made in the comments section ---
What you’ll find is a story about an Afghan man claiming that his family was murdered by NATO forces. I'm not going to say anything else about that part of the story since it is my understanding that an investigation is ongoing and honestly it’s not my place. What I do want to discuss is the comments made by readers.
The derogatory comments made, focus around the general thought that all Soldiers are a bunch of murdering, rapist, thugs. One person even goes so far as to say that as long as the Military is comprised of the bottom 10% of society, what do you expect. This is the area of the article I want to rebuke.
First off, bottom 10% of society. Thanks for your elitist attitude. Just because we didn’t go to some Ivy League school? Just because maybe we grew up on the wrong side of the tracks? Maybe it’s that we had to work for everything we ever wanted? The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard Sailors I know are some of the best men and women I have ever had the distinct pleasure to meet and to lead. They would literally give you the shirt off of their back even if they were freezing themselves. Their sense of honor and right is impeccable. They joined the military for many reasons; serve their Country, do the right thing, money to go to College, learn a vital skill. But none, because they wanted to be some sort of thug. I would suggest you check your facts….and I would request CNN pull comments that are outright untrue and outright wrong.
Secondly, about civilian casualties. I have seen Soldiers put themselves between danger and civilians so many times I cannot even begin to count them anymore. There is the famous picture from Iraq of a young Iraqi boy hiding behind an American Soldier after a terrorist attack. Nothing could be a more accurate depiction of the truth. Our Troops, whether it is actively protecting civilians, or bringing food and medicine to outlying villages, or helping orphanages here in Kabul are some of the most caring and kind people in the world. They truly are not just protecting the American People, but also on a daily basis protecting and assisting the Iraqi and Afghan people.
I don’t fault CNN for these comments. They published a news story, but the comments disgusted me. I would ask CNN to pull the more inflammatory and malicious ones, and also for all of America to remember that their best young men and women, our Precious National Treasure is overseas fighting a war, and spilling much of that National Treasure to keep you safe.
God Bless America
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