Cynical Synapse

Fri, 03 Jul 2009

Poignant Reminder: Freedom isn’t Free

Filed under: Global War on Terror, holidays, Life, Military, Patriotism — cynicalsynapse @ 10:37 am

Location of US Soldier's capture

As the US gets ready to enjoy the 4th of July weekend, here’s a reminder our independence and continuing freedom come with a price. The military announced yesterday a US Soldier was captured by insurgents. Our heart-felt thoughts and prayers shoud immediately reach out to his family and loved ones in hopes of a safe return.

A US Marine in Afghanistan. Photo by BGNES

While details remain sketchy, the Taliban hardline Haqqani faction claims it’s captured the Soldier and 3 Afghanis. Reportedly, the Soldier was “taken to a safe place.” There have been no official claims or demands from insurgents, however.

According to military spokesperson Capt. Elizabeth Mathias, “We have all available resources out there looking for him and hopefully providing for his safe return.” She declined to provide other information about the Soldier, a private first class, for his safety. Apparently, the theory goes, the less that’s publicly available on insurgent-held captives, the less likely it is for them to make outrageous demands.

The Soldier’s family has been notified. In all likelihood, this will be the most nerve-wracking holiday weekend of their lives. They must be wondering why their son left the security of his compound on Tuesday. And, they must be deeply concerned for his life. We should remember that when we fire up the grill or head for the beach or boat this weekend.

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