The sacrifices of D-Day are not reflected in today’s actions

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Friday will be the 70th anniversary of D-Day and I find our world so sadly changed.

Thousands of Americans died for nothing more than fighting for freedom on the sixth of June 1944. Of the three armies that landed at Normandy, only the British were fighting for their survival first. The United States and Canada were fighting for freedom.

Now, so many years later, the same three armies were the only combat troops from NATO fighting the terrorist Taliban freedom destroyers in Afghanistan. And now in the last moments of war, Obama decides to trade “five upper echelon Taliban terrorist leaders” for one American sergeant. And will this change the field of battle as the headlines read “Taliban Victory!”

Susan Rice, national security adviser, on Sunday kept defending the trade by stating that we leave no man behind and that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken from his duty, on the field of battle. Yet, one Sunday morning show reported that Bergdahl left his unit to walk the length and breath of Afghanistan.

I imagine his free spirit inspired Bowe to go walk about without his weapons. With no backup or support the man who Rice paints as a hero was captured. At the height of the Vietnam era that was called “going native.” Back then, many soldiers went native, many with their weapons to live and protect their Vietnamese girlfriends, families and villages, never to be seen again.

I can only ask, on the anniversary of so many sacrifices in WWII, how can Obama allow five murderous monsters loose?

Our society seems so hell bent to save the few only to risk the many, while they allow the mass media to wrongly depict our history and create low standards. We allow movies like Inglourious Basterds to be made that would horrify our WWII veterans. A movie that allows images that would of been considered vile war atrocities, now seem acceptable.

A blessing today for the sergeant’s family, yet will other families suffer later with what evolves from these “Taliban Five” being freed to rejoin their unholy fight?


Jim C. Reilly

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