Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sen Durbin, please comment on beheading of American serviceman

This story makes page 7 of the Tribune.
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- A purported Taliban spokesman said Saturday that the group has beheaded a missing American commando, but he offered no proof, and the U.S. military said it was still searching for the Navy SEAL.

The commando is the last of a four-member team that went missing June 28 in Kunar province, near the Pakistani border. One of the men was rescued, and two others were found dead.

"This morning in Shagal district in Kunar province, the Taliban killed the American soldier and cut his head off," said Mullah Latif Hakimi, the purported spokesman. "We left the body on a mountainside in this area so Afghan or U.S. soldiers there can find it."

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said the search for the commando was continuing. "We will run down these reports to see if anything pans out."
I can't tell on what page the Washington Post put the story but the Taliban said this per the AP and the Post,
When asked for evidence of the commando's death, Hakimi said, "the proof will be when the Americans find his body."

Hakimi said earlier this week that the rebels would release a video, but he made no mention of that Saturday.
So MSM doesn't give an execution of an American serviceman much prominence because they're waiting for confirmation? That doesn't stop them on false stories of torture at Gitmo, or Bush's service record. Or maybe MSM fears this will incite American's against local Muslims? (I doubt Americans would react that way.)

I'm at a loss to understand this. What have you done to our sense or patriotism Sen Durbin? You tell Americans we're no different to Hitler and Stalin so were ashamed to feel indication when our own prisoners brutally murdered? You make Americans believe we deserve this.

I hope this story untrue. It would be helpful to know the condition of the bodies recovered. I'm certain DoD withholds details on atrocities to protect families. They shouldn't. Americans need to know this.

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