Monday, October 22, 2007

The World Needs Heroes -

And it has them.

At 2:24 p.m. today, the president of the United States presented the Medal of Honor, posthumously, to a Navy Seal.

Michael Murphy's four-man unit was under attack by a numerically superior force. To radio for help, Murphy moved to an exposed position. He got a message out, but was wounded. He was killed later, after he re-joined his unit.

Today, about two years later, the American president said: "For his courage, we award Lieutenant Michael Murphy the first Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan. And with this medal, we acknowledge a debt that will not diminish with time -- and can never be repaid."

I'm pretty sure that Lieutenant Murphy wasn't the last hero America has.

To everyone in the American armed forces: Thank you.

(Transcript and photos of the presentation at President Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy )

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UPDATE October 23, 2007

If you didn't read or hear about this ceremony, or Lieutenant Murphy, in the news, don't be surprised. CNN and MSNBC didn't cover it during the hours they call 'prime time.' The New York Times did cover the event: in the "Metro" section.

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Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.