Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Common Decency

Today remains Tuesday, 12 September 2006.

As ya’ll know, your author is not down with armed conflict, to say the least, so the following is not where you think he's apt to go.

But damn: if this nation is gonna do it, show some decency to the people who are dying in the Cause.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002096428_hero20.html

It appears that this soldier, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, took a grenade, so his comrades wouldn’t die.

So why hasn’t George W. Bush sent his name up for the Congressional Medal of Honor, like lots of similar fellows in WW II, Nam, etc.?

I won’t get into the obvious politics of this thing, why the regime won’t award the awards that obviously ought to be, so it all can be swept under the rug …

Somebody out there in my hood, you know more about viral marketing than I do. How can we do this? As the Good Book says, send up a stench to Heaven.

Got to be more than one, who deserve the CMH.

Please advise me. I don’t want to glorify war, but … I think it would be a comfort to his family, if he got the honor coming and becoming, and I’m willing to run the risk that fools will think it’s glorifying war, if it brings some comfort to his family, and other families like his, whose loved ones deserve this.

You want to have a war, let's have a war: 24/7, 365/360, sacrifices all around. Ship out or shut up.

Anyone thinks different, start a dialogue here.

Word.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Wondering said...

The link brings us to a November 2004 Seattle Times article.

Questions:
One would assume this soldier was awarded the Purple Heart. Do you have access to record(s) of what awards and/or honors were given to him postumously, if any?

There are many military and civilian awards given by the U.S. government. Traditionally, what is the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded for?

CMH's were awarded for such actions in WWII? What was the practice for Korea and Vietnam and other "minor" conflicts since?

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