Amanda, Slandered in Death
I moderate comments here at this blog. My rule, subject to modification at any moment without reason, is that if you’re reasonably polite, I will post the comment.
Two people who oppose the war in Iraq made comments on posts about Sgt. Amanda Pinson. Her cousin, who has been so helpful in sharing Amanda with me and my readers replied. She was angry and correctly so.
I have closed the comments to those posts.
Those who oppose the war continue to slander our brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. The meme is that the soldier was lied to, misled in some way, or that the soldier was too stupid to realize what they were doing. The death is called “needless” or “a waste”.
These folks cannot believe that a rational, thoughtful person could draw any other conclusions from the events of our time other than the opinion they hold. To hold a contrary opinion must mean that you are less intelligent, easily misled, unable to think for yourself.
Her cousin, Jennifer spoke for many:
This woman, Sgt. Amanda Pinson, did not WASTE her life on ANYTHING. This is not about Iraq. This is about a SOLDIER; who, like many, over 100â€™s of years have fought so you could have your freedom of speech that you have chosen to use so disrespectfully here.
Yes, youâ€™re absolutely right, she was attractive (we appreciate the compliment); but she was also EXTREMELY intelligent. Perhaps the fact that she was so intelligent would give most (including someone like yourself) the idea that she thought out her decision for a year before she made the final commitment to PROUDLY join the ranks of many in the United States Army.
Assuming, as you have so blatantly done, that her parents raised her to â€œlove armies & war and think less of the consequencesâ€ will sadly teach you a fact; assuming only makes an â€˜assâ€™ out of â€˜uâ€™. Amanda was a grown woman. Her Mother did not want her to join (had you done your research, you would have known this before you brought your disrespectful debate to this forum), but her thoughts were not to join the Army to FIGHT a WAR. Her intentions were to gain experience so she could join the CIA or FBI to help, once again, protect people like yourself. And this is how you repay her? You should be ashamed.
I am sorry that I allowed those two comments to post. They stand is stark contrast, however to the dozens mourning Amanda, describing the joy she brought to the people around her, and stating that her skills at her job were saving American lives. I could delete them, but frankly I believe they shame their authors. I shall leave them up among all the others to show just what the other side is all about.
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