"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Captain Kid - Ft. Hood just over One Year Later

The date today is November 10, 2010. It has been one year and 5 days since United States Army Major Nidal Hasan went on his shooting rampage in the ready room at Ft. Hood, Texas. There was a ceremony at Ft. Hood November 5, 2010 to remember the victims of Major Hassan but I saw NO news networks showing live coverage of it and in scanning the “News” channels the only one that’s mentioned it at all is Fox.

Also, conspicuously absent from this ceremony were both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Both were far too busy to be there, or even make a mention of the massacre on the first “Anniversary” (if you want to call it that) of this tragedy. President Obama is in India where he made a speech to the Indian Parliament pointedly remembering the attack a couple years ago on the hotel he’s staying in. But he didn’t say as much as one word about our brave troops who died at Ft. Hood last year.

But then again, after his performance last year on the day of the attacks, waiting so long after it happened, then after three minutes of talking about everything else, including himself first, whining that the attack was forcing him to cancel some other trip, I’m not really sure I want him to mention it. O.T.O.H., he is the Commander in Chief and he should have at least said something about it, but all we heard were crickets.

On top of that, any reports that are actually broadcast about the massacre, or the memorial service, I just watched one on Fox News, have the anchor and/or the “on scene” reporter making it a point to mention that Major Hasan is almost totally paralyzed because of being shot by police responding to the attack. That’s not a problem until you notice that they’re tone is almost blatantly sympathetic toward “this poor paralyzed man.” WHERE is the sympathy for the 13 families that are missing a loved one for the last year, today, and forever, because of “Poor Major Hasan?”

In closing I want to honor the Heroes who fell at Ft. Hood on November 5th last year. But in particular I wish to honor my fellow Utah and LDS Church member, Army PFC Aaron Thomas Nemelka who had trained to disarm I.E.D.’s and was to be sent to Afghanistan at the beginning of this year. I didn’t know him but from talking to his friends and family at his funeral service I know he was a good man and we would have become close friends had we met.

I salute you my brother. You did well on your earthly mission and have earned your eternal reward. Rest in Peace. You will be sorely missed by all, but especially by those who knew and loved you. 

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:21

Semper Fi.
Captain Kid

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