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Shame plus shame


Published:   |   Updated: May 10, 2013 at 03:20 PM

The mainstream media has been reporting on the Guantanamo prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike.

As of today many are being force fed with feeding tubes as the U.S. Navy has sent 40 medics to help out with the situation. These are military combatants captured on the battlefield as they were killing our troops in Afghanistan.

Big news, so the press does stories about the plight of these terrorists who are now protesting their confinement. Forgetting the fact that of those who were released a majority returned to the battlefield to fight against us.

Let us now move on to another hunger strike, this time in a Pakistani prison by a man who was responsible for us finally bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. How many front-page stories or TV news programs have covered this man?

He is Dr. Shakil Afridi, a man who ran an immunization program for the CIA. This is how our military was able to identify the compound where bin Laden was staying.

The doctor was tried for treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison. But for his help we would never have gotten the opportunity on May 2, 2011, to repay bin Laden for his murder of thousands of innocent people in the United States.

Our wonderful ally Pakistan became incensed that our CIA had run a covert program and in their view had violated their sovereignty. Because they couldn?t imprison our SEAL team, they went after the brave doctor.

He has been denied access to his family and legal team, which precipitated his hunger strike. There have been requests to our government to intervene and help the doctor, but they have not been answered.

What a way to show anyone willing to help this country that if they need help we will ignore their pleas. The president who doesn?t mind sending billions of dollars to the corrupt government hasn?t raised his voice to ask for leniency for the doctor.

How could we in good conscience not provide assistance for a person who helped the United State in one of the biggest manhunts in modern history? It is OK for the president to take victory laps for the killing of bin Laden, but what is he doing to help the real hero of this saga?

It is shameful on the president?s part to be so silent on this issue and even more shameful for the mainstream media to be so quiet and not be asking the administration what, if anything, they are doing to help Dr. Afridi.

I am sure his family would find some comfort if they knew our government was actively trying to free the doctor.  


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.

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