Saturday, July 16, 2005
Why We Are Not "The Same"
A routine orientation flight turned out to be anything but routine, at least for three Afghan children stranded in the middle of a flooded river near Salerno, Afghanistan, June 29.Which they subsequently did! When I read about 'insurgents' doing this sort of thing, instead of blowing little kids up, then I will at least deign to listen to moral equivalency arguements, though I will find them no more convincing. But until that time, we are dealing with total, undeniable scum.
It all started as Chief Warrant Officer James Gisclair was giving an orientation flight to a pilot new to the area. He and the new pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Nathan Scott, spotted a flash flood occurring after heavy rains hit the area earlier that day. They noticed a group of people standing alongside the banks of a flooding river, pointing toward the middle as they followed its path.
"As we looked closer we saw three kids stuck on a concrete foundation with the river rushing past them," Gisclair said. "We went back to Salerno, where we asked to go back to rescue the kids.