… AND A MORE IMPORTANT NOD
This website does not participate in the hero worship of American soldiers. As we’ve noted on numerous previous occasions, the American military no longer “fights for freedom” – at home or abroad.
Instead it props up a regime that stifles liberty here at home – while pursuing an ill-fated interventionist policy overseas. And while both of those flaws are clearly the fault of the federal government’s civilian “leaders” (not the soldiers), the fact remains that at this stage of the game anyone enlisting to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces does so with the full knowledge they are aiding and abetting tyranny, not freedom.
Having said all of that – and having repeatedly criticized America’s failed occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan – we cannot help but pause for a moment to tip our cap to South Carolina’s own William Kyle Carpenter.
On November 21, 2010, Carpenter – then 21 years old – dove on top of a grenade during an attack against American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Usually such actions result in posthumous honors, but Carpenter somehow managed to survive the blast – although he and his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, were both severely wounded.
Still, he put his life on the line to save his friend …
For this act of bravery and self-sacrifice, Carpenter is in line to receive the Medal of Honor – America’s highest military award.
Good for him …
Whatever we think of the war Carpenter was fighting – or the broader interventionist failure with which it is associated – it’s impossible not to admire someone who deliberately resigns themselves to death in order to save their friends.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” the Gospel of John notes.
That’s a universal truth, people … and whether you’re an American in Afghanistan, a Russian invader of Crimea or an al-Qaeda fighter in a Pakistani fox hole, it applies.
Props to Carpenter for his heroism. Let’s just hope that one day soon such universally commendable valor is reapplied in service of the constitutional liberties members of the military are sworn to uphold.