Well done on her song, 'Total Eclipse'. May she inspire many to be well at Wellness weekend. Sleep is vital. Without it you are 'restless'.
I used to fly fish in my native Montana, even before it became popular with the movie, "A River Ran Through It'. Now, based on a recent Boise Weekly editor's comments, I realize I have a new role in life on Social Media: Crankster, though I aspire to Gadfly. If they don't arrest and disappear me first. Thankfully, I think I have evolved beyond Troll. I doubt I am a Pundit, as no one pays me to write, and most people pay no attention. But it's all a matter of opinion, and the Holy Qur'an prohibits compulsion in matters of opinion, belief or faith. So I trust in God to sort it all out. Eventually. Inshallah. Life allowing. Or perhaps, I may fly fish again the Boise River for whitefish. Probably better for the economy and my mental health. If I don't slip and drown... Hmm, Liguid Laughs bar instead may be safer.
Thinking for my self, and jmho, any act, such as Bergdahl's, whether judged honorable or not, desertion or not, may be forgiven.
The ultimate determination of Bergdahl's judgment is a legal matter beyond public forum, and most definitely beyond my personal opinion. His captivity and suffering is more than adequate to pardon any offense from his actions.
As for the brave women and men who serve in the military, such as Bergdahl, my deceased father, and even our political leaders with whom I often disagree, I do have vast respect and gratitude, and do, hereby, publicly thank them for confronting evil in harm's way.
Thank you, Sgt. Bergdahl for your service to our country. Gratitude to each person whose efforts brought him home, with regret and condolences to those who suffered and sacrificed in that endeavor.
Signing off this thread. Salam wa baraka. Peace and blessings to each and all, in Idaho and this country.
Let's Think for ourselves, and consider the 'real story here'. That American soldiers, our native sons and daughters from Idaho, and our nation, are being recruited and sent into harm's way, into war, to serve the special interests of the few, the elite, the corporate wealthy and politically powerful. We, each American, the people of Afghanistan, and each human being of this earth, suffer due to the consequences of war. Taxes, national debt, diversion of resources, and the emotional pain of witnessing the horrors committed by our nation's military. When one individual soldier dissents, breaks rank, deserts, or whatever, for good reason, it is a symptom of what's wrong with our nation's policy, which arises from each of us as citizens. Bring them home. Let them and us heal, in peace. Salam wa baraka.
Re: "U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a "mujahid," or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News."
Besides the Stockholm Syndrome probability and other explanations, to convert to Islam is not a crime or betrayal of the United States, to declare oneself a 'mujahid' means one dedicates oneself to practice the inner and outer struggle (jihad) to create peace and justice (islam/salam) within one's self and in our world. To be a muslim is to be one who surrenders or practices peace (salam/islam) in recognition of one supreme divine being (commonly called Allah in Arabic) in the JudeoChristianIslamic tradition of monotheism derived from Abraham, the source of many nations and faiths.
As salaam aleikhum. Peace be to us all. Within our hearts, our nation and our world.
Re: Think for yourself. Regardless of 'liberal', 'conservative' or whatever the bias of one's opinion, it is helpful to think for ourselves, and base judgments on reason and evidence. Bergdalhl's actions, if he willingly left base, seem to be 'desertion' under military law. However, that is a legal opinion pending due process to determine. There are extenuating circumstances, such as his mental state and competence due to many factors, and even his intent which has yet to be established. The legal principle of 'innocent until proven guilty' still applies and our various spins have no relevance to due process and the investigation and determination of facts.
As for 'emotion', the qualities of compassion, mercy, love, wisdom may empower each of us, rather than blind one to know the truth in such an incident, involving a human being. This endeavor serves justice, and humanity to experience peace and healing when tragedy and trauma like this happen.
Whereas, I don't personally know Bergdahl; have read the 2012 Rolling Stone article, had a father who was a WWII vet with PTSD, was myself a former Air Force ROTC candidate, have friends whose son was a casualty of Afghanistan war, and have considerable understanding of Islam, the culture of Afghanistan, and current politics, therefore, my comments are:
War has a tragic, vast price for individuals and nations, which leaders seldom consider when they start war.
My compassion is with Bergdahl for his tragic experience of a no win scenario. While he has responsibility for his choices that led him to that experience; the military and our nation's political leadership, and each of us bears responsibility for putting him in harm's way, without adequate support, or even strategic need. I sympathize with his plight, and his choice to walk away.
Sometimes, desertion may be right action. Bergdahl's choice, based on Rolling Stone article, may be justifiable. I commend him.
May he find peace, and our nation also.
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