June 16, 2010, - 1:12 am
. . . And this is a problem because . . . ???
Gary Brooks Faulkner Tried to Deliver
I don’t get why everyone–every armchair bounty hunter–is denouncing and savaging Gary Brooks Faulkner, the Colorado man and American citizen who was arrested in Pakistan for trying to find and kill Bin Laden. We barely know anything about the guy, and, already, they’re assassinating his character. Frankly, he’s–as Presidents Bush and Obama have said about illegal aliens–doing the work that some Americans won’t do. It’s now apparently some sort of “crime” that Faulkner wanted to “avenge 9/11.” If only we ever had a President, elected officials, and a military that wanted to “avenge 9/11″ instead of intently pretending it didn’t happen and kissing Muslim butt.
The attacks ridicule the man because he was carrying Christian literature. Oooh, an “evil Christian.” It rolls off the tongue with the same beauty as “evil Zionist” at a HAMAS potluck shawarmeh picnic. And, at the same time, when Muslims planning terrorist attacks are caught with Korans (Nidal Malik Hasan, Faisal Shahzad, etc., etc. ad absurdum) , we’re told that’s irrelevant. Christian literature = fanatic. Koran = cool, exotic peaceful dude, so stop being a bigot.
Faulkner is also ridiculed because he’s been in jail. So what? That means Faulkner can deal with the brutality of male criminals. We’re told he doesn’t have any military training. And this is relevant because, with the best, most highly-trained military commandos, we’ve been able to find Bin Laden? Oh, yeah, they didn’t find him. And reports say Faulkner thought he found the cave where Bin Laden might be. Maybe that’s the problem: that no-one is supposed to find the guy. Ya know, ‘cuz it might upset Muslims, and we can’t have that.
I feel for the guy because, in addition to the unfair ridicule–how many of us would dare to try what he did and get so far?–he has kidney disease. This is another complaint lodged in the instant campaign to vilify this man. Again, I say, so what? Doesn’t seem to have hindered his effort. Seems he’s quite resourceful, as he managed to garner many weapons for the trip and apparently snuck them by a lot of obstacles. Plus, give the man a chance for some happiness and feeling of achievement, if he’s truly that sick. And if he’s mentally unstable, well, no problem there, either. Who, but a somewhat unstable daredevil, would brave that area and have the bravado you need to actually go try to find and kill Bin Laden? We need someone like that.
And then there’s this “smoking gun”:
Faulkner’s brother-in-law John Martin told ABC News that Faulkner talked openly with the family about his plans to hunt down the Al-Qaeda leader.
“He’s a very deeply religious individual, very patriotic,” Martin said. “It seemed to be his thing. He thought it should be done and he thought he could accomplish it.”
Wow, the nerve–religious, patriotic, and wanted to catch Bin Laden. Sounds like a horrible guy . . . in the warped view of conventional sheepitude.
Sorry, but I can’t do anything but cheer for Gary Brooks Faulkner. he clearly has the imagination our guys in charge sorely lack. It’s been nearly nine years since 9/11. And no-one on our side has gotten close to getting Bin Laden since the attacks. Faulkner may have gotten as close or closer than anyone. Clearly, no Muslims were attracted by the initial $25 million offer, even though it doubled to a whopping $50 million (a detail ABC News–linked above, ridiculing Faulkner–didn’t seem to know). Or is it that the matchbooks and posters we spread throughout the Middle East and Asia, promising the reward, is an “Only Muslims Need Apply” proposition?
Faulkner deserves some money for trying. Or, at least, a book deal. I like his story, and I’d much rather read that than, say, the Captain Sullenberger story. It’s far more interesting and exciting.
If only more Americans had this kind of Manifest Bin Laden Destiny. It’s the old-school pioneering spirit, I wish more American men–particularly the ones in charge–had. Since U.S. authorities are usually the exact opposite, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the many inept CIA and other national security officials tipped the Paki authorities to his whereabouts and activities.
Daring, brave souls like Gary Faulkner are not the problem. They are the solution. This guy is a hero.
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